Wilson Jerman: Ex-White House butler dies of coronavirus

  • Wilson Jerman: Ex-White House butler dies of coronavirus

Wilson Jerman: Ex-White House butler dies of coronavirus

A former employee at the White House, Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who served as a butler under 11 different presidents has died of coronavirus at the age of 91.

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, died last weekend of COVID-19, his eldest granddaughter confirmed to FOX 5 DC.

In fact, Jerman had served as a butler at the White House from Eisenhower all the way to Barack Obama and spent 55 years working there up until his retirement, Huffington Post reported. He was promoted to the butler position under former President John F Kennedy after developing a good relationship with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Garrett told FOX 5.

She said that he taught his family to "always be yourself" and that is "what we will continue to carry on through his legacy".

Garrett grew up with Jerman, as well as her mother, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents in a multigenerational Washington, D.C. household.

"That must have felt like a victory", Ms Mitchell said of Mr Jerman's time in the Obama White House. "He would scallop radishes and make them look like swans".

According to Garrett, her grandfather also got to work closely with the Bushs when former President George H.W. Bush came into office.

"He was a lovely man", the Bushes said.

Hillary Clinton tweeted Thursday about Jerman's passing. "Our warmest condolences to his loved ones".

During more than half a century in the White House, Mr Jerman witnessed many changes in USA race relations, culminating in Mr Obama becoming the first black president in 2008.

In her interview with the news station, Garrett took the chance to thank former first lady Michelle Obama, whose husband was the last president under whom Jerman served, for including a photo of her grandfather in her recent memoir "Becoming".

"His service to others - his willingness to go above and beyond for the country he loved and all those whose lives he touched - is a legacy worthy of his generous spirit". Please let us know if you agree to all of these cookies.

Jerman and his wife had five children, 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Garrett said she wants the world to remember her grandfather as a man who was "really authentic".