NEWPORT - 50 years after the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy, those who were close to him still recall fond memories.
Hugh D. Auchincloss, better known as Yusha, knew the Kennedy's better than most... being Jackie's step brother.
"We were ushers at each other's weddings, and I was a
pallbearer at his funeral," said Yusha, fighting back tears."We became very good
Yusha got emotional several times during his interview with ABC6, recalling the assassination of his brother–in–law, JFK... who he affectionately calls Jack. It may have been 50 years ago Friday, but photos of the former President are still up in Yusha's home on the Hammersmith Farm in Newport, where the couple held their wedding reception, and vacationed in the summer.
And Kennedy's memory lingers in the 86 year old Yusha's mind.
From the beginning of Kennedy's relationship with a then Jackie Bouvier:
"He was a little bit shy about approaching her ...she
thought she was maybe not really his type... which she wasn't," said Yusha, laughing. "I said
'Jackie, you're a little bit standoffish, maybe he wants to get close to you
but he doesn't know quite how to do it.'"
To the moment he came to his step–sister's side, the day
after her husband was killed.
"In hugging her, I thought I have to help
this girl from falling down. And instead she didn't break down she didn't cry
she just wept," he said, weeping a bit himself.
No matter how much time goes by, Yusha says he could
never, and will never, forget the former president, politician, and brother... who
"People talk about his charm and all that, but the thing I
remember most about him, he always respected the other person's opinion,
whoever he was with," Yusha said.