How Meghan McCain Paid Tribute to Her Late Dad John's Supporter Wilford Brimley Following His Death

On Saturday, television show co-host Meghan McCain took to social media in a lengthy post to pay tribute to an actor who happened to be her late father’s supporter.

Meghan revealed on Instagram how “very sad” she was to hear about actor Wilford Brimley’s passing. She went on to explain how Brimley had been her late father, John McCain’s “very early and passionate supporter.”

“The View” co-host recalled how she’d been lucky enough to spend some time with Brimley on the campaign trail. She shared how one of these trails included the “No Surrender” bus tour which was held in New Hampshire.

Meghan McCain at a SiriusXM event on February 5, 2018, in New York City | Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Meghan McCain at a SiriusXM event on February 5, 2018, in New York City | Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

MEGHAN’S MEMORIES WITH WILFORD

The special event was attended by Brimley’s fellow veterans as he was also a marine. She also added: “I am sending love, prayers and strength to his family, friends and loved ones.”

Meghan shared how she was “filled with gratitude” for her “family’s wonderful memories and experiences we shared with him.” She noted how amazed she always was knowing Brimley started off as a blacksmith and a ranch hand before finding fame as a Hollywood actor.

NOTING HIS CONTRIBUTIONS

The television personality concluded her post by revering the late star as “a true original, a patriot and an iconic performer.” She added that his “contributions to American film and culture” would “never be forgotten.”

Meghan included a photo of her father and Brimley together. Brimley was 85 when he died on Saturday morning after being hospitalized in St. George, Utah.

WHY WAS HE AT THE HOSPITAL

The “Cocoon” actor had been in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) receiving treatment for medical problems. Brimley was also on dialysis.

A MAN WITH A TENDER HEART

His manager, Lynda Bensky, had this to say about him: "Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust." She noted how he would say what he meant and had “a gruff exterior” but “a tender heart.”

“ONE OF A KIND”

Bensky shared how she was “sad” that she would “no longer get to hear my friend's wonderful stories.” She went on to describe him as “one of a kind."

HIS ADVERT APPEARANCES

Other people might recognize him from the films "The Natural" and "The Thing." Or adverts for Quaker Oats and the American Diabetes Association.

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