Farewell to Late AmCham Hungary President Ed Bush

  • January 19, 2018
Farewell by Péter Fáth, former AmCham CEO

Dear AmCham Members,

just before the holiday season we received the sad news, that former AmCham Hungary president, Mr. Edward J. Bush passed away.

He was not only a charismatic leader, but a friend for many of us. His nickname in AmCham’s circle was „Bush bácsi” (Uncle Bush) - which he pronounced properly!

He came to Hungary around 1990 as head of AIG operations in Hungary. After establishing AHICO in Budapest, he found time for voluntary work for AmCham. He was elected and served as president between 1993 and 1994.

He was serious in business, but had excellent humor too. We enjoyed working with him very much. One of the most hilarious moments in my life was, when we first visited the head of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce. We went together with the president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Michael Carter. When we arrived to the reception desk at the Kossuth square office, I asked the receptionist to call his boss and announce that: “Presidents Bush and Carter arrived”. We heard him muttering under his mustache: „and what about the Pope from Rome?”

Edward J. Bush, Jr. was born and raised in New Kensington, Pa. Ed graduated from "Ken-Hi" in 1960 excelling in academics and football. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. As a 1964 graduate midshipman, Ed served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. Serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, Ed received the Purple Heart among other distinguished honors. He continued a military reserve career until 1972 which led to the rank of Major. Ed attended George Washington University and received his Juris Doctorate degree. He was a member of the Washington D.C. Bar Association and a Chartered Life Underwriter.

With more than 35 years of experience in the Life Insurance industry, Ed's professional career led to management positions in the United States and worldwide. Through his extensive travels, Ed acquired many business associates and close friends throughout the world. In 2011, Ed retired to Sarasota, Florida to be near his loving family.

God bless you Ed. Rest in peace.

Péter Fáth
AmCham CEO 1990-2008

P.S.: Military Honors will be conducted at the Sarasota Memorial Cemetery on Clark Road, Sarasota, FL on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. by the National Cremation Society.

Edward J. Bush Jr.