George H.W. Bush Remembered As "Class Act" and "Inspirational" By Broome County ResidentsPosted: Updated:
All the televisions at Olum's in Vestal are tuned in to the funeral for former President George H. W. Bush. Standing on the sales floor at his work station, Yancey Moore's attention is on one of the TV sets.
"I've been watching the whole thing," says Moore, but before he talks further, "Just make sure I'm not crying."
Moore says customers have been stopping to catch bits and pieces of the broadcast, offering up comments about Bush's presidency and life.
"Whether you're on the same side of the isle as him or not, just a genuine couple, both he and Barbara," says Moore.
The last time the United States saw a State Funeral was when Gerald Ford passed away in 2006. The ceremony traditions include a 21 gun salute and military escort.
"Oh my god.. the details of the whole thing," says Diana Keyes, shaking her head in disbelief, "You know they said it took 4,000 people to plan it?"
Keyes was watching the ceremony before heading to lunch at the Park Diner on Binghamton's south side.
"They were just going into the cathedral when I left," says Keyes.
She says what touched her the most was seeing the Bush family and the service dog, Sully, accompanying the funeral procession.
"He had such a loving, caring family because he was a loving caring man," says Keyes.
On the other side of the diner at the counter, George Kilpatrick is still watching the broadcast.
"It's a sad occasion," says the retired firefighter.
As a former Army flier, Kilpatrick says he has a lot of respect for Bush's military service.
"He was a good pilot from what I understand. They said he was the youngest, which also amazes me a little bit," says Kilpatrick.
"Very inspirational in his time in office... had a career in public service starting in World War II," says Chris Papastrat, owner of the Park Diner.
All the Broome County residents we spoke to both on and off camera, no matter their political affiliations, agreed on one thing: 41's legacy goes beyond politics. Above all else, he's remembered as a family man and a "class act."