George H.W. Bush always reminded Richard E. Squires of his father.
“He (Bush) was up from the grassroots. He worked his way up as far as his occupation,” Squires, 85, a former Atlantic County executive, said Saturday. “I sort of looked up to him.”
Bush, who also served as a World War II Navy pilot, in Congress, as an ambassador and as CIA director before being vice president and president, died Friday at 94.
Squires met Bush once and was in a room with him another time.
They shook hands Oct. 22, 1992, at Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, where Bush arrived aboard Air Force One en route to a re-election campaign stop in Vineland.
Clad in a white raincoat and smiling broadly, Bush emerged from the Boeing 747 and waved to a crowd of several hundred who greeted him with warm cheers and applause.
Bush shook hands, signed autographs and posed for pictures with many of the airport well-wishers before departing by helicopter for Vineland.
Squires, then a top Republican as the Atlantic County executive, enthusiastically shook Bush’s hand and offered words of encouragement.
“I told him that we’re all behind him,” Squires said. “I also told him to keep at it.”
Bush’s helicopter landed at the Vineland Developmental Center, about 2 miles from the rally site. Though it was not officially open to the public, the chopper pad attracted a crowd.
He was introduced by then Republican congressional candidate, now retiring Congressman Frank LoBiondo.
After the rally, held in the center of downtown at Seventh Street and Landis Avenue, and a quick lunch at nearby Vineland Cold Cuts, Bush headed for another campaign stop in North Jersey.
Besides greeting Bush in October 1992, Squires remembers being in a room with the former president earlier that year during the summer at a campaign fundraiser at a private home in Longport.
“Secret Service had it all arranged which way would be the emergency exit because it was at a private house,” Squires said.
Squires recalls there being no more than 30 people at the private fundraiser, so it was higher-priced than normal. He did not have to pay because he was the county executive.
During the war in Somalia, also in the early 1990s, a group of residents from Atlantic and Cape May counties raised more than $50,000 to establish an orphanage in the small village of Baidoa in an attempt to feed, house and educate thousands of starving Somali children.
Robert Mullock, who was a Cape May insurance broker at the time, embraced the fundraising effort.
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Margaret Thatcher, left, leader of the British Conservative Party, talking with George H.W. Bush, right, former CIA Director on Friday, Sept. 9, 1977 at Houston, prior to her dinner address before the English-Speaking Union. Bush introduced her to the guests. (AP Photo/)Ed Kolenovsky)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, left and Vice President George Bush acknowledge the cheers from the floor of the Dallas Convention Center during the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Tex., on Aug. 24, 1984. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara, pose with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, before the state dinner at the White House in Washington on Thursday, May 31, 1990. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Former President George H.W. Bush, seated, arrives at the River Oaks Country Club just before the quarterfinal match between Jeremy Chardy of France and Kevin Anderson from South Africa was suspended by rain at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship Friday, April 10, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
U.S. Vice-President George H. Bush, February 5, 1984. (AP Photo)
President George Bush leans over Brandon Seeger, a student at the Saturn School of Tomorrow, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to see the computer screen as Bush toured the school, May 22, 1991. Bush was in Minnesota talking about his plans for educational programs. Seeger was showing the president how his computer works during a writing workshop at the school. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
George Bush, standing left back, the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Texas, listens to early returns with his brother, Johnathan, right standing, of New York. Seated in front is former Sen. Precott S. Bush, father of the candidate, from Conn. shown, Nov. 3, 1964 in Houston. George Bush was trailing his opponent in the early returns. His Democratic opponent is Sen. Ralph Yarborough. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
U.S. Vice President George Bush wipes his brow with a handkerchief during the first presidential debate with opponent Gov. Michael Dukakis in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday night, Sept. 25, 1988. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
U.S. Vice President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara Bush pose in front of the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument to love was built by a Mughal Emperor Sahajahan in memory of his beloved queen who bore 14 children, Saturday, May 13, 1984, Agra, India. (AP Photo/Sondeep Shankar)
Republican Party chairman George Bush calls a meeting of the Republican National Committee in Washington, April 26, 1973. He said he is still confident that President Nixon was not involved in any of the Watergate scandals. Bush said, "if I did not have confidence that President Nixon is telling the truth on Watergate, I would not stand here in this posture." (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 1991, file photo, President George H.W. Bush talks to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House after meeting with top military advisors to discuss the Persian Gulf War. From left are, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, Vice President Dan Quayle, White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, the president, Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Colin Powell. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
Vice President George H. W. Bush reacts to his bouncing pitch during pre game ceremonies of the National League playoff game, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1986, Houston, Tex. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
President George H.W. Bush smiles after he was introduced at the New York State Republican dinner on Thursday night, June 22, 1989 at the Waldorf-Austria Hotel in New York. Bush said in a speech at the dinner that New York "voters are shifting from automatic loyalty to the other party and voting Republican more and more often." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
President Ronald Reagan addresses Congress on economic program with George H.W. Bush and Tip O'Neil on April 28, 1981. This was his first public appearance after being shot. (AP Photo)
Republican candidate for president George H. Bush, NBC's "Meet the Press," Sept. 7, 1980. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
U.S. President-elect George H. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, left, Vice President-elect Dan Quayle and Mrs. Madelyn Quayle walk down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial through colorful flags during opening inaugural ceremonies, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1989 in Washington. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
U.S. President George W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush wave from Tiananman Square in Beijing, Saturday, Feb. 25, 1989. Bush stopped his motorcade as it passed through the square, got out and mixed with the people. In the background is a portrait of Mao Zidong. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
Republican vice-Presidential candidate George Bush and wife, Barbara, welcomed home to Houston, Monday, Nov. 3, 1980 by three-year old granddaughter, Noelle, who was on hand to meet the plane. Bush will have a final home rally and vote in Houston. (AP Photo/Bill Hudson)
U.S. President Bush holds a 4-month-old unidentified baby as he and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan tour a ward at D.C. General Hospital in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1989 for babies abandoned by drug addicted mothers. Bush is embarking on a campaign to sell his $7.9 billion drug program and defend the plan against criticism from Democrats that it doesn't go far enough and is inadequately funded. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
Republican Senatorial candidate George Bush shows a victory sign as he and his wife Barbara stand in front of a vote machine November 3, 1964 in Houston,Tex., just before casting their ballot. The candidate waited an hour and a half in a long of votes that circled the Pilgrim Elementary School where the Bush's voted this morning. in Houston. (AP Photo).
U.S. Vice President George Bush and Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis gesture during their first presidential debate at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 25, 1988. The panel and moderator are seated in foreground. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
U.S. President George Bush gestures for his dog, Millie, to return home after the first dog ran to Marine One on the White House lawn in Washington, D.C., April 10, 1989. The president is departing for Toronto for a meeting with the Canadian prime minister. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)
Former President George H.W. Bush acknowledges the crowd during an appearance at the University of Kansas in 2008.
Former Presidents George Bush, right, and his son, George W. Bush arrive to throw the ceremonial first pitch for Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, in Arlington, Texas.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
President George W. Bush and his father former President George H.W. Bush wave to the crowd after commissioning ceremonies for the USS George H.W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009. Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is at right. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Vice President George Bush (left) gestures while making a point to the panel as Gov. Michael Dukakis watches at right during the second presidential debate on Thursday, Oct. 13, 1988 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
U.S. Vice President George Bush, wearing a flak jacket and steel helmet, is briefed, Oct. 26, 1983 at the site in Beirut where over 200 Marines were killed by a terrorist bomb. At left is Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Paul Kelly and right is Beirut Marine C.O. Col. Timothy Geraghty. (AP Photo/Pool)
Republican Congressman George Bush with a smile Nov. 3, 1970 after he cast his vote in the general election. Bush is the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and is opposed by Democratic candidate Lloyd Bentsen Jr. (AP Photo)
Former President George Bush greets the crowd Monday, Aug. 12, 1996, at the San Diego Convention Center during the Republican National Convention. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
President Bush and his father, former President George H. W. Bush, arrive on the South Lawn of White House in Washington, Sunday, May 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
Babe Ruth, left, presents to Yale baseball captain George Bush the original manuscript of "The Babe Ruth Story" at Yale Field, New Haven, CT, June 5, 1948. Second from right is James T. Babb, Yale's head librarian who in turn received the manuscript from Bush to be placed in the University Library. At right is William C. Celentano, Mayor of New Haven. (AP Photo)
U.S. President George H. Bush laughs historically during comedian Jim Morris' performance at the White House Correspondents annual dinner in Washington, Saturday night, April 29, 1989. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
U.S. President-elect Ronald Reagan, left, and Vice President-elect George Bush share a laugh during their first news conference in which they announced their transitional team in Los Angeles, Ca., Nov. 6, 1980. (AP Photo)
President George H.W. Bush holds one of first dog Millie's six puppies for the press on Wednesday, March 29, 1989 at the White House in Washington. Mother dog Millie gave birth March 27, 1989 with First Lady Barbara Bush serving as midwife according to spokeswomen. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
George Bush, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate nomination, arrives at his headquarters in Houston, Texas, June 6, 1964. Bush will meet Democratic Senator Yarborough in the November general election. (AP Photo)
George Bush is shown with wife Barbara in 1945. (AP Photo)
Vice President George Bush and his wife Barbara Bush are shown during a fundraiser in Washington where he picked up the endorsement of President Reagan in his bid to become the next president of the United States, May 12, 1988. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)
U.S. President George H. Bush holds a news conference aboard Air Force One Saturday as he flies between college commencements speeches in Mississippi, May 13, 1989. Bush urged the people of and defense forces of Panama to drive Gen. Manuel Noriega from power. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)
Vice-President George Bush and his wife Barbara, right, march in the 4th Annual Paper Festival Parade with vice-presidential nominee Sen. Dan Quayle and his wife Marilyn in West Carrolltown, Ohio Saturday, August 20, 1988. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Vice President George Bush hugs Loretta Clairborne of York, Pa., who is the torchbearer for the Special Olympics, as actor Christopher Reeve watches, at a party for the premier of the movie "Superman II," May 31, 1981. Reeve stars in the film, and the party was a benefit for the Special Olympics, a program for mentally retarded individuals. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Pres. Ronald Reagan greets President-elect George H. W. Bush, left, upon his arrival to the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1988, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)
President Bush addresses the nation on television from the Oval Office in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1989 as he explains his decision to deploy American troops to Panama. Bush said some Americans were among the death and that Panamanian leader Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega was in hiding. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
Vice-President George H. Bush, left, greets Democratic vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro before the beginning of their debate, Thursday, Oct. 11, 1984 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
George H. Bush (R-Texas), March 6, 1968 in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)
From left, President Bush, his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and Northrop Grumman's Mike Petters watch as Doro Bush Koch christens the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Oct.. 7, 2006. Koch is the daughter of the former president. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 1971, file photo, U.S. Ambassador George H.W. Bush gestures as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly during the China debate. He denied the U.S. formula was either a "Two Chinas" or a "One China and one Taiwan" plan. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/File)