Republican Senator John McCain, aged 81, has lost his battle with brain cancer. He passed Saturday afternoon at home surrounded by his family. The news comes on the heels of a surprise announcement Friday that McCain would no longer seek treatment for his cancer. McCain worked up until the end.
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” the family noted in their official press release.
“At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.”
“My father is gone,” Meghan McCain said, “and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can. But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth. Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things.”
“The dream is ended: this is the morning.”
“My heart is broken,” his wife Cindy wrote. “I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.”
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain,” President Trump wrote. “Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
The President and Senator McCain have been feuding for months, and McCain had even noted that he didn’t want Trump invited to his funeral.
Trump’s mortality was something he had anticipated. As his cancer worsened McCain noted that he wanted people to remember that he “made a major contribution to the defense of the nation.”
McCain will be remembered for his contributions to national security, and for his life of service. The Annapolis grad became a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, and spent time as a prisoner of war.
“I didn’t possess any particular notion of greatness, but I did hold strong notions of honor,” McCain wrote in Faith of My Fathers. “And I worried that my deserved reputation for foolishness would make command of a squadron or a carrier, the pinnacle of a young pilot’s aspiration, too grand an ambition for an obstreperous admiral’s son, and my failure to reach command would dishonor me and my family.”
“Despite my concerns, I resolved to follow the conventional course to command. With the country at war, that course led to Vietnam. The best way to raise my profile as an aviator, perhaps the only way, was to achieve a creditable combat record. I was eager to begin.”
“More than professional considerations lay beneath my desire to go to war. Nearly all the men in my family had made their reputations at war. It was my family’s pride. And the Naval Academy, with its celebration of martial valor, had penetrated enough of my defenses to recall me to that honor. I wanted to go to Vietnam, and to keep faith with the family creed.”
He was elected to Congress in 1982. “He was re-elected in 1984, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010, serving at various times as chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and currently as chairman of the Committee on Armed Services and member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs,” Daily Mail notes.
Despite his unsuccessful bids for the presidency, McCain remained one of the most respected of our nation’s leaders.