Government officials mourn passing of former president George H.W. Bush

Augusta, ME- Former forty-first President of the United States George H.W. Bush died Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94. This has affected Maine people deeply. Governor Paul LePage is saddened by the news.
“President Bush has been an unwavering supporter of Maine and a vibrant part of the Kennebunkport community for decades. We shall keep the Bush family in our hearts at this difficult time. On behalf of the people of Maine, we send our deepest condolences. Know that President Bush's life and legacy of public service will be an eternal source of hope and inspiration for the people of Maine and around the world," Governor LePage said. "America has lost a true gentle-man.” LePage said.
Newly elected governor Janet Mills admires Bush, and will miss him greatly.
“America has lost a hero and Maine has lost a friend. President Bush dedicated his life to the highest ideals of public service and demonstrated that when men and women of character, integrity, and goodwill seek common ground, the lives of others are improved. President Bush’s achievements are impressive and they are many, but I will most remember him for his kindness, his compassion, and his charity of heart and spirit for all Americans. His life is a model of service worthy of admiration and emulation.” Mills said.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins and Bush were neighbors and longtime friends, his death affecting her deeply.
“George Herbert Walker Bush was entrusted with the great treasure of principles, determination, and courage. He invested that treasure wisely and multiplied it to the benefit of all. Like the master in the New Testament, to him we say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ May God bless him and keep his memory always anchored in our hearts.” Collins said
Senator Angus King will miss spending time with this wonderful man.
“For all his achievements, President Bush remained humble, kind, and warm. Like so many Maine people, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with President Bush during some of his trips to Kennebunkport – and like all who have had that opportunity, I will forever cherish the time we were able to share. His passing leaves a great hole in our nation and in our state; he will be deeply missed. During this sad time, Mary and I are keeping his family – especially his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren – in our thoughts.” King said.

George Bush called Maine home, and the people will miss his visits to the state. Flags are flying at half staff.