- Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a 91-year-old man, who was in service to 11 presidents at the White House has died after contracting Covid-19
- The Bush family fondly remembered him as they detailed how close he was to the family when they were still in government
- Jerman's granddaughter, Jamila Garret, said that the late 91-year-old man valued service very much and his relationship with people helped him
A former employee, Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, at the White House who served as a butler under 11 different presidents has died of coronavirus at the age of 91. He retired in 2012.
NBC News reports that he was one of the longest-serving workers at the government house and was very much remembered by former President Gorge W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in a statement on Wednesday, May 21.
“He was a lovely man. He was the first person we saw in the morning when we left the residence and the last person we saw each night when we returned,” the Bushes said.
According to Jerman’s granddaughter, Jamila Garret, the 91-year-old man started as a cleaner in 1957 under the Eisenhower administration before he got his promotion during the Kennedy presidency.
Jamila added that Jerman built relationships in the White House that were helpful to him throughout his career.
“Jackie O actually promoted him to a butler because of the relationship. She was instrumental in ensuring that that happened,” she explained.
The granddaughter also said that he was a family man who so much gave himself to service to others.
It should be noted that the late dedicated worker’s photo with Barack and Michelle Obama was published inside the first lady’s memoir, Becoming.
“I want the world to remember my grandfather as someone who was really authentic. Always being yourself. That’s what he taught our family, that’s what thrives throughout our family. And that’s what we’ll continue to carry on, his legacy,” the granddaughter added.
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