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Gayle Benson issues statement on passing of President Bush

December 01, 2018 - 3:20 pm

Saturday, Saints and Pelicans owner, Gayle Benson issued the following statement on the passsing of President George H.W. Bush:

December 1, 2018

“With the passing of President Bush, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Tom and I always enjoyed the company of George and Barbara, whether receiving their gracious hospitality in visits to their summer home in Kennebunkport, hosting them at Saints games or being in their company in other events in New Orleans, a city that they loved. We valued our strong friendship with George and Barbara. From serving his country in World War II, to a long, highly-successful and admirable career as a public servant culminating with serving as our 41st President, backed by a desire to give back to his nation and to those less fortunate through philanthropy, President Bush lived an extraordinary life. May he rest in peace as he rejoins his beloved Barbara in heaven."

President Bush passed away Friday evening at the age of 94.

He served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989-1993.

His death, which was announced by his office, came less than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.

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