Dec. 6 (UPI) — Former President George H.W. Bush was transported to his final resting place, via train, after an emotional funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Thursday.
Some 1,200 mourners attended the invitation-only funeral, a day after the 41st president was honored during services at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
“He possessed the classic virtues of our civilization and of his faith, the same virtues that express what is really best about our country,” James A. Baker III, Bush’s former chief of staff and friend of more than 60 years, said in his eulogy, the Houston Chronicle reported.
“History has shown that few families accomplished as much as his has. His legacy lives on with his children, who have contributed so very much to what makes our nation great.”
Baker was joined by Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush, in eulogizing the former president during the the funeral service.
“In our times together, our big, wonderful and competitive family saw the goodness that led to his greatness,” the younger Bush, the Texas land commissioner, said of his grandfather.
He earlier told told KXAS-TV that he was “overwhelmed with emotion” at the opportunity to speak about the former president he knew as “Gampy,” adding he would speak from the heart about the man more than the political figure.