Americans across the country are remembering and honoring the life and legacy of George Herbert Walker Bush, who passed away at the age of 94 in Houston Friday night.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has a unique memory of President Bush and his wife Barbara, who approached his family in a restaurant Kennebunkport, Maine restaurant 20-years-ago. The Bush’s were taken by Sarno’s then 1-year old daughter.
“They stayed with us for about 15 minutes or so and they were just genuine kind and humble and it was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Mayor Sarno.
George H.W. Bush was not only a commander in chief, but he was also a war hero, serving as a navy pilot in the Pacific during World War II. Sarno said Bush was just as courageous as he was humble.
Mayor Sarno has a cherished reminder of the joyful encounter: a photograph of George and Barbara Bush with his family.
“They were just so down to earth, so we cherish this photograph. He is now up and heaven with his wife Barbara,” said Mayor Sarno.
22News will have live coverage of the former president’s funeral services Wednesday and Thursday.