Catonsville community reacts to the passing of 41st President George H.W. Bush

Catonsville community reacts to the passing of 41st President George H.W. Bush

CATONSVILLE--WBFF-- There's reaction around the world to former President George H. W. Bush passing.

Community members right here at home say the 41st president left a lasting impact on the nation.

"He was certainly a patriot for our country, served with dignity and honor," said Joel DeWyer of Catonsville.

Bush died late Friday night, almost eight months after the passing of his wife Barbara Bush.

"The interesting part about it is he's lived a full life and now he gets to be with his wife," said Greg Sykes of Catonsville.

The 41st president served just one term between 1989 and 1993.

"At a time that was so turbulent, there was so many things going on at that time , war and all of that, he was a really good president as far as leading us through that time," said Sykes.

"He managed the first Gulf War very well, he went in did what he was going to do in Kuwait , held to his word," said Dean Smith of Catonsville.

But it's also Bush's humanitarian efforts outside of the Oval Office that left a lasting impact on the community.

In 2004, he joined former President Bill Clinton to help victims of the earthquake and tsunamis in Asia.

The two partnered again in 2005 to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"Out of the presidency, him and Bill Clinton campaigned and they raised millions of dollars for the poor," said Stanley Ray of Gwynn Oaks.

"His humanitarian efforts with the person he lost against, the president he lost against, that's pretty big to team up with a person of such," said Andre Henderson of Catonsville.

For the community, Bush's character said it all.

They say he'll always be known as a man devoted to his family and dedicated to the nation.

"Just a heart for everybody, I mean his heart was for every American, not just a certain party," said Sykes.

Bush was 94 years old.

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