In his conversation on speakerphone, the son of senior George Bush told him that he had been a "wonderful father".…
In his conversation on speakerphone, the son of senior George Bush told him that he had been a “wonderful father”.
Elder Bush’s last word was first reported by the New York Times.
In his last hours, Bush was asked if he would go to the hospital, according to a well-known source. He had been hospital several times a year since his wife Barbara Bush died on April 17, and he had treated a number of health problems over the years, including a form of Parkinson’s disease.
The former president replied no.
Instead, Bush said he was ready to go with Barbara, his 73-year-old wife, and their dead daughter Robin, who died of leukemia as a child.
Bush 94 killed his family in Houston late on Friday, including his son Neil Bush and wife Maria, his best friend and former state secretary James Baker and his grandson Pierce Bush.
“It’s a very emotional thing,” said Neil that he saw his father walked away. “This is the end of a wonderful life.”
He told the CNN affiliate KPRC late Saturday that he would never forget that all Bush’s children and grandchildren could express their love for the former president at his last moment.
“They had Jimmy Baker and Susan Baker there asking for him and expressing his love for him and our pastor,” Neil said. “It was a beautiful moment. He was in the loving embrace of the family. It was a prayerful, incredible time.”
“I think we feel extremely blessed that we could witness this passage.”
Bush will be in the state at the US Capitol before a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral. A second memory location will be followed at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
Bush will be laid to rest on George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at College Station, Texas, together with his wife and Robin.
Specific Times and more details will be announced at a later date, according to Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath.
CNN’s Stephen Collinson contributed to this report.