On November 30, former president George H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94. Now, his family and loved ones have had the chance to say farewell during a funeral held at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, December 5.
During the service, George H.W.‘s son, George W. Bush, delivered a heartfelt eulogy filled with laughs, fond memories, and tears. “To his very last days, Dad’s life was instructive. As he aged, he taught us how to grow with dignity humor and kindness — and when the good Lord finally called, how to meet Him with courage and with the joy of the promise of what lies ahead,” George W. Bush stated.
George W. shared the life lessons he gleaned from his father over the years.
“Dad could relate to people from all walks of life. He was an empathetic man. He valued character over pedigree. And he was no cynic. He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it.” he said.
George W. Bush went on to say that his father was about as “perfect” as they come, adding in a bit of lighthearted humor about his father’s food preferences.
“To us, he was close to perfect but not totally perfect — his short game was lousy. The man couldn’t stomach vegetables — especially broccoli… and by the way, he passed these genetic defects along to us,” he said.
George W. also commemorated his parents’ marriage of 73 years.
“Every day of his 73 years of marriage, dad taught us all what it means to be a great husband. He was dedicated to her totally,” he said. “He married his sweetheart. He adored her. He laughed and cried with her. He was dedicated to her totally. In his old age, Dad enjoyed watching police show reruns, the volume on high. All the while holding Mom’s hand. After Mom died, Dad was strong, but all he really wanted to do was hold Mom’s hand again.”
He closed with an emotional message to his father.
“So through our tears let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter can have. And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”