President Donald Trump and wife Melania will attend the funeral of George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral, the White House said, after the late president lies in state in the US Capitol.
"There will be very tough times, made even more hard by criticism you may not think is fair", Bush 41 wrote, perhaps in anticipation of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, as some people have noticed.
A few miles away, another former USA ambassador with ties to President Bush calls Colorado home.
The elder Bush's longtime friend and former secretary of state, James Baker, was quoted describing the departed leader's final hours in the New York Times on Saturday.
At the presidential library on Saturday, people came to sign the memorial book in Bush's honour, or lay flowers at the feet of his statue.
Before that, his body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda for a public viewing from his arrival in Washington Monday until Wednesday morning.
Trump had mocked two generations of the Bush family in his political rise, criticizing father and son presidents while defeating the other son, "low energy" Jeb Bush, for the Republican nomination.
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George H.W. Bush didn't lose his sense of humour even as he was letting go of life.
From former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to current heads of state, leaders praised Bush both for his strength and his moderation, as well as the commitment to internationalism typified by his assembling of a global coalition to oust Iraqi invaders from Kuwait in 1991.
"President Bush guided our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War", the Trumps wrote.
"Dear Bill", read the note then-outgoing President Bush left to new incumbent Bill Clinton in the Oval Office on January 20, 1993. I hope the entire Bush family takes solace knowing that the country mourns with them, remembering him as the shining point of light he represented.
Soon after he reached the zenith of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, the US economy began to sour, however, and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great orator, was out of touch with ordinary people.
Bush's health had been declining for several days.
He served in the US House of Representatives, as Washington's envoy to China and as chief of the Central Intelligence Agency before becoming Ronald Reagan's vice president.
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote that Bush was "a humble, well-respected political figure while serving and through his many years post-presidency".