Marylanders watched from the streets of Annapolis, Maryland, as the late House Speaker, Michael Busch, left the State House for the last time.
Busch was escorted by Troopers from the Maryland State Police to St. John Neuman Church for a funeral service.
Dozens of state Delegates and Senators, and Busch’s friends and family gathered together to pay their final respects to the speaker.
“He overcame a lot of tough issues,” said Senate President, Mike Miller. “He was a good father, a good husband, a good legislature. He is patriotic. Anne Arundel County and Maryland lost one of its finest services today.”
During the service, several spoke including Gov. Larry Hogan as well as Busch’s two daughters, Erin and Megan Busch.
“My dad has left a last impact on so many people here,” said Erin, Busch’s oldest daughter. “The impact that he has had on my life is like no other. He was my coach, my teacher, and my best buddy…. I love you, daddy. Thank you for everything.”
“I owe so much to my father,” said Busch’s youngest daughter, Megan. “I would never be the person that I am today or the person who I hope to be in the future without him pushing me to be strong.”
As the service ended, Hogan and Miller presented a Maryland state flag to the Busch family to honor his service.
A reception honoring Busch was held at the Atkinson Tower at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Busch’s family has set up the Michael E. Busch Memorial Fund. Proceeds will be used to establish scholarships in his name.