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Portland funeral home hosts viewing of George H.W. Bush's funeral

Inside the Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, guests signed a register which will be given to the Bush family. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A local funeral home took out a half-page ad in the paper, to say goodbye to George H.W. Bush, and invite people from greater Portland to watch Wednesday's televised service at their funeral home.

Inside the Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, guests signed a register which will be given to the Bush family.

They also had photos of the First Family from Kennebunkport and the White House.

Guests then watched the moving service from our nation’s capital, from the procession, to the celebration of the President's life from inside the National Cathedral.

At the front of the room, a single candle, lit in honor of 41.

They had hoped for more people to attend, but those that did called President Bush a man of character and honor.

"He was a man of integrity,” Portland Republican Joyce Chaisson said. “And all that he said and done was to give glory and honor to God, and peace to the nation, to all people throughout the world."

"You think about the Maine Medical Center, Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, down there at Southern Maine Medical Center,” Robert Barnes said. “They've just had such an impact on the years they've been to Kennebunkport. And we know they had their love for Maine."

Maine was blessed to have friends like George and Barbara Bush all these many years, even if it was only in the summertime.

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