His death came less than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. He is survived by five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Mr. Bush had a form of Parkinson’s disease that forced him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter in recent years. He was hospitalized many times. Mr. Bush, a Republican, was a transitional figure in the White House, where he served from 1989 to 1993. He entered the White House with one of the most impressive résumés of any president. He had been a two-term congressman from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, United States envoy to China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and vice president, under Ronald Reagan.
A decorated Navy pilot who was shot down in the Pacific in 1944, he was the last of the World War II generation to occupy the Oval Office. He helped end four decades of Cold War and the threat of nuclear engagement. In January 1991 he assembled a global coalition to eject Iraqi invaders from Kuwait, sending hundreds of thousands of troops. „George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens,” former President George W. Bush, his son, said in a statement. President Trump, who is in Argentina attending the G-20 summit, also issued a statement on behalf of himself and first lady Melania Trump.