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Kennebunkport feels the loss of its longtime friend

President Bush traveled the world and accomplished so much in his lifetime, but he'd always return to Walker's Point; his lifelong summer retreat. (WGME)

KENNEBUNKPORT (WGME) – It was a gray and chilly day on Walker's Point Thursday, and it matched the mood in the community.

President Bush traveled the world and accomplished so much in his lifetime, but he'd always return to Walker's Point; his lifelong summer retreat.

This community lost more than a President, they lost a friend.

Albert Black helped create the Bush Family Gallery exhibit for the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

A labor of love, he says, for a President who, as pictures show, accomplished so much in his lifetime, but he says a photo of George as a young boy is one of his favorites.

"The picture to me epitomizes what President Bush felt about everyone,” Black said. “The potential. The points of light that we all possess."

Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen were longtime friends of President Bush in Kennebunkport.

He attended their wedding.

They attended his funeral Wednesday in Washington.

"It was a last-minute invitation, so we were very honored with that," Clement said. "It's such a whirlwind. It's hard to believe, even looking at today, watching it now on the TV, I don't know how the family is holding up."

The couple say it's hard for them to believe the President won't be back next summer.

"I think next summer, when we expect him back, is when we'll really, really feel the whole loss of not having him coming to town," Thorgalsen said.

Both say this is the end of an era for the nation, a kinder, gentler era from a man who put family, and friends, and country first.

"He taught us so much,” Thorgalsen said. “He brought so much to this world on the kinder, gentler world. And if we can only live a little bit of how he lived, the world would be a much better place."

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