Gordon B. Hinckley has served for decades as a General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His service as President of the Church lasted from 1995 until his death in 2008. He passed away on Sunday evening, January 28, 2007 around 7:00pm at his apartment in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
"Hearing of President Hinckley's death this evening I find it difficult to imagine the world and its faith communities without him. Leading the LDS Church for decades, he has been its heart and soul to many millions — members and nonmembers alike.*Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP of Utah, Nevada and Idaho:
"Like so many others, I have been deeply touched by his generous wisdom, kindly voice and delicate humor. In my youth and when I returned to Utah to lead another church, he has always been the quintessential 'good neighbor.'
"I pray for his family and close friends who must feel this immediate loss so keenly. His journey here was long and his faith so strong, that his very presence made us all want to embrace life as fully and well as he did."
"I want to convey my deepest, heartfelt sympathy to President Hinckley's family and to church members. I was very fond of President Hinckley. I personally knew him, and I will truly miss his voice and his concern for the community....
"He was always concerned about other people and always concerned about how people were treating me. He was just a very, very good person, and I will miss him so much."
"The President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has served as a transformational religious leader and tremendous ambassador for Utah with his unprecedented outreach to all corners of the world."
"He demonstrated the heart of a servant and the wisdom of a leader . . . He was a tireless worker and a talented communicator who was respected in his community and beloved by his congregation.
"Laura and I will miss Gordon's friendship and wisdom. Our thoughts and prayers are with his five children and the rest of the Hinckley family."*Senator Harry Reid (D-NV, U.S. Senate Majority Leader):
"[He] was a phenomenal builder . . . There is so much more that can be said about this good man, who was kind and gentle and epitomized everything that's good in mankind,
"On a personal basis I will miss him greatly."