Former Us President George Bush Dies Aged 94

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, a man born of patrician pedigree, but with a sense of honor, duty and service to his country that played out over the last 60 years of the 20th century, died Friday at age 94.

His son George W. Bush, also a former American president, issued a statement on Saturday (AEDT) paying tribute to his father.

He was also the only US president besides John Adams to have a son who also became president - George W. Bush, who served from 2001 to 2009.

His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, died in April at the age of 92. In 1945 he had married Barbara Pierce and the couple went on to have six children, though their daughter, Robin, died in 1953 of leukemia when she was four years old.

Trump has previously clashed bitterly with the Bush family, but the speed and warmth of the statement contrasted with his slow response to the death of Republican Senator John McCain earlier this year.

The Republican was defeated in his bid for a second term by Democrat Bill Clinton.

In February 2011, then President Barack Obama awarded Bush the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

He may have been the pride of Houston, but he was beloved in ME where he spent his summers - and more - in Kennebunkport.

Only one other USA president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.

In this file photo taken on July 15, 2013 Former US President George H.W. Bush applauds during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

Mr Bush served as the 43rd vice president of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

Trump, who upended the GOP establishment with his insurgent presidential campaign, has had a fractious relationship with the Bush family over the years.

Ronald Reagan, the former actor and California governor, vanquished him in the Republican primaries but chose Bush as his running mate, hoping Bush's reputation as a moderate would balance his own hard, conservative image.

"George H.W. Bush's life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling". He was shot down on September 2, 1944, while completing a bombing run against a Japanese radio tower. Director of Central Intelligence.

He was not always a successful politician, losing a 1964 election for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas, where he later founded an oil company.

In 2011, Bush was honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2005 he joined forces with Bill Clinton to tour and raise funds for regions devastated by the Asian tsunami and, closer to home in Louisiana, Hurricane Katrina, forming a close friendship with his former adversary.

Bush was hospitalized in January 2017 for pneumonia, at which time they had to insert a breathing tube.

Vanessa Coleman