The heartfelt letter George HW Bush sent to his children in 1988

The heartfelt letter George HW Bush sent to his children in 1988

The former president who died on Friday aged 94 had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help for him.

Trump and his wife Melania are to attend the funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, as will other former presidents and their wives. Trump also announced that he'll be sending one of the Boeing 747s that serves as Air Force One to Houston to transport Bush's casket to Washington, D.C. Bush's son President George W. Bush named Roberts chief justice in 2005.

The former president will lie in state inside the U.S. Capitol building from late Monday to Wednesday morning.

A funeral mass will be held at the church at 10 a.m. local time on December 6 for invited guests.

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Jim McGrath, spokesman for H.W. Bush, on Sunday tweeted a photo of the 41st president's service dog, Sully, lying in front of a casket draped in the American flag.

The remains will then be transported by train for interment on the grounds of the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Bush will be buried next to his wife and former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April, and his daughter Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush, who died in 1953 at just 3 years old.

That was a time that saw the end of the Cold War as well as the United States' routing of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's army in the 1991 Gulf War. The elder Bush liked the choice of both men, who had also served with him. He knew it meant the death of people.

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Roberto Molina, whose family owns Molina's Cantina, one of Bush's favourite Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, said he remembers Bush's kindness to his staff whenever he would stop by to eat.

Moreover, Sabato told VOA Bush benefits from a comparison with Trump's demeanor almost halfway through the current president's first term in the White House.

Baker saw his friend several times in his final days.

"And 41 said, 'I love you, too, ' and those were the last words that he ever spoke", Baker said.

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But by Friday "he began to go downhill".

Still, when an aide told Bush his friend was visiting that day, "he perked up". He looked at me, he says, 'Hey, Bake.

"Little did I know or did he know, of course, that by 10 o'clock that night he'd be in heaven", Baker said.

In the order, Trump said the decision was meant "as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States".

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