He was the son of a senator and father of a president. But to some, he was simply "gampy."
George H.W. Bush passed away Friday evening at the age of 94.
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) December 1, 2018
His grandchildren have left touching tributes on their social media pages, as they remember a man who was larger than life.
In a separate post, Jenna Bush Hager said she got to talk with her grandpa about what happens when you die.
"Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be scared of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it," she says he told her.
She asked what he looked forward to.
"Well, when I die, I'm going to be reunited with these people that I've lost....I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven't yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three-year-old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she'll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman...I hope she's the three-year-old," he told her.
Pauline Robinson Bush was George H.W. and Barbara's second child. She was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 3 and died that year.
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This brought me such comfort this morning. I had the opportunity to talk with my grandpa about the afterlife. This is what he said: He answered without any hesitation. “Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be scared of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it.” And I started crying. I managed to choke out, “Well, why? What do you look forward to?” And he said, “Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost.” And I asked who he hoped to see. He replied, I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven’t yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three year old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she’ll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman. And then he said, “I hope she’s the three-year-old.” Robin was the daughter this giant of a man lost years before to leukemia. The little girl he held tightly: who spoke the phrase I have heard Gampy repeat for my entire life, forever knitting Robin’s voice into the tightly woven fabric of our family: “I love you more than tongue can tell.”
My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew. His life spanned the American Century—he fought in World War II ... took part in the Texas oil boom ... served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War. pic.twitter.com/6i68EPVC3j
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) December 1, 2018
I already miss the greatest human being that I will ever know. Love you Dad!
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 1, 2018
Read more tributes to George H.W. here.