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Greater Cincinnati remembers President George H.W. Bush

Posted: 3:56 PM, Dec 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-06 06:04:17Z

CINCINNATI -- People in the Tri-State found their own ways to honor the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush Wednesday.

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At Batsakes Hat Shop Downtown, owner Gus Miller was mourning the loss of Bush, who he described as a dear friend.

"President Bush was a stand-up guy, a wonderful man," he said.

Miller made a classic Texas-style hat for Bush, and went on to make eight different hats for him. The two became friends, exchanging letters for years. 

At Spring Grove Funeral Home, dozens of people came out to pay their condolences and sign their names in a book that will be sent to the late president's library in College Station, Texas.

"He was probably one of the last political leaders in the 'greatest generation,'" Cincinnati resident Larry Morris said.

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Skip Phelps, the director of operations for Spring Grove, said it was a great alternative for those unable to travel to Washington, D.C. for services.

"We thought having a place here in Cincinnati would make it personal and give people that local place to pay their condolences," he said.

The book will be at two Spring Grove locations until 5 p.m. Thursday.