In remembrance of....

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan
February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004

40
th President 1981 - 1989

 

“Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.” -- Ronald Reagan

 

His office said he died of pneumonia, described as a complication of Alzheimer's disease, a condition he made public in a stirring letter in 1994.

His wife, Nancy Davis Reagan, and their two children, Ronald Jr. and Patty Davis, were with him at 1:09 p.m. (4:09 p.m. ET) when he died at his home in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles

 

Tributes to The Gipper...

 

President George H.W. Bush

This week America lost a cherished son and the world lost a great leader.  A man of strong moral character and great humility, his leadership made the world a better place.  Ronald Wilson Reagan epitomized what America stands for - freedom, democracy, and national pride.
He would not want us to mourn his loss, but to celebrate the spirit of optimism that he held so dear.  Ronald Reagan mad us believe in ourselves and in our country once again.  He did all this in a wonderfully kind and thoughtful way.  He was a truly decent man.

As we pause to remember this great and wonderful man, think about how he would want each one of us to carry on Amercia's work.  As he said, "Freedom is not something to be secured in any one moment of time.  We must struggle to preserve it every day.  And freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."

It is fitting that he now rests at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, his Shining City on the Hill.

May God bless America and the Reagan family as well.


President Jimmy Carter

 To Nancy Reagan.  Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by your loss.  President Reagan was one of our nation's great treasures, and we have admired his commitment to his values, his sense of humor, and his consummate leadership and communication skills.  The courage and strength with which he faced his illness are further testaments to his character.

Please know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.  We hope that your warm memories and the love of the many people whose lives he blessed will be of comfort to you in the days ahead.


President Gerald Ford

Betty and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our longtime friend, President Reagan.  Ronald Reagan was an excellent leader of our nation during challenging times at home and abroad.  We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Nancy and his family.


Prime Minister Tony Blair

Dear Nancy.  I heard with great sadness the news of the death of your husband.  He will be remembered here as a good friend of Britain and, I am sure, is held in special affection by the American people.  I send to you and the American people my sympathy and condolences.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends and admirers on this side of the Atlantic.

Your dedication and commitment were remarkable and I know it'll have been a very profound comfort to President Reagan.


Fmr Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Dear Nancy.  As you and your loved ones are saying farewell to Ronald Reagan, please accept heartfelt condolences from me and my family.

Ronald traveled his life journey with dignity and faced courageously the cruel disease that darkened his final years.  I shall always remember the years of working together with President Regan, putting an end to confrontation between our two countries, and equally, our friendly rapport, which revealed Ronald's human qualities.

You have always been at his side, sharing in his joys and sorrows.  Your husband has earned a place in history and in people's hearts.

 

 

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