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George W. Bush Bids Farewell To His Father With Emotional Eulogy

At 94 George H. W. Bush was the oldest living President in history, but this week those who knew him best recalled a man who always remained young at heart.

During his State funeral at the Washington National Cathedral friends, family and colleagues came together to remember him not just as a President, but as a father, husband, and role model who made the most out of life during each of those 94 years.

The most touching of these tributes though came from his son, George W. Bush who said goodbye to his father in an emotional eulogy that brought the former President and many others to tears.

“I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young as late as possible,” the former President began. It was an ideal that his father had taken to heart. Well into his 90s Bush Sr. still had a wild streak.

As his son recalled on of his father’s favorite pastimes was taking out his three engine boat and watching as his Secret Service detail struggled to keep up. At age 90 Bush Sr. strapped on a parachute and jumped out of a plane.

Later it was the thrill of enjoying a bottle of smuggled vodka with a friend during a hospital stay.

The drive behind his father’s youthful exuberance according to Bush was two early brushes with death. “Those brushes with death made him cherish the gift of life and he vowed to live every day to the fullest.”

Part of living life to the fullest meant that Bush Sr. was always busy, “but never too busy to share his love of life with those around him.”

And it was a love that he shared with people “from all walks of life.”

To his family Bush Sr. was “close to perfect.”

And until the end of his life he remained a caring father and role model.

Bush then recalled the last time he spoke with his father.

When he ended his eulogy the former President broke down into tears as he called Bush Sr. “the best father a son or daughter could have.”

It was a beautiful tribute that brought many to tears.

And for one day at least drowned out the noise of politics as we listened to a son talk about his love for his father.

H/T – Twitter, ABC News

Written by Dennis Matthew Livesey

Matt is a writer, designer, and native New Yorker. He has worked in film, where he enjoyed a brief career as a stand-in for Ian Holm; finance, where he pretended to understand his job, and real estate, where nothing remarkable happened. He writes about science, technology, and media. His work includes magazine articles, one published book, and the looming inevitability of the second.