A few years ago Ken Raynor, the golf professional at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, wrote a book about a club member he’d known for nearly forty years and played hundreds of rounds with. The title was “I Call Him Mr. President—Stories of Golf, Fishing and Life With My Friend George H.W. Bush.”
Raynor had to be talked into writing the memoir because he didn’t want anything to come out wrong, didn’t want anyone to think he was cashing in, and—most of all—didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize their friendship. In a gesture Bush would have applauded, Raynor donated all the profits from the book to two charities in York County, Gary’s Place and the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.
The two men were more than just golf buddies. Raynor says Bush was like a second father to him. As president, Bush and his wife Barbara would travel once a year to have dinner with Raynor and his wife at their home. The tradition lasted for years, and the menu never varied from what it had been the first time. “It’s my favorite meal of the year,” Bush said. “Why would we ever change it?”