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George H.W. Bush found peace, friendship in Maine

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was known in Kennebunkport for his jogs along the rocky Maine coast, fishing from his speedboat and transforming his home in the seaside village into the “Summer White House.”

Bush, who died on Friday at age 94, also will be remembered for lasting friendships in the town he’d visited since he was a boy.

The three-story, stone-and-shingle home at Walker’s Point has been in the family since the turn of the 20th century. The former president has spent every summer there since boyhood except when he served as a Navy aviator in World War II.

He hosted world leaders there, including British Prime Minister John Major and Jordan’s King Hussein.

Family friend Ken Raynor says Bush enjoyed returning to a place where he found peace.

David Sharp, The Associated Press