PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Memories of late President George H.W. Bush are pouring in from around the world, and right here in the Valley. We spoke with Gordon James, who worked with Bush in 1989 and 1990, and said he always appreciated those around him. 

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"I don't know of anybody that's done it all, like he did," said James. He was part of President Bush's advance team, coordinating logistics for his travels around the world. 

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"They seemed to genuinely appreciate that we were doing what we were doing, even though it was our jobs, and it was a pleasure, it wasn't work," James said.

And some of his favorite memories are from right here in Phoenix.

"He was a fabulous golfer, the famous speed golf, he could do 18 holes in an hour and 40 minutes," James said.

He also became a close friend of the Bush family over the years.

"Part of his life should be public service and of course he did it in spades," James said.

Even when he saw him recently, James said the president asked about his family.

"He worried about us still," James said. "Obviously, I'll miss that very much." James said his legacy will live on in those who loved him.

"Just by example, President Bush taught us how to treat our colleagues, our families and our friends, and it was a great lesson and I've always appreciated it."

Award-winning journalist Lindsey Reiser is a regular contributor in the evenings on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.

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