Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, ex-white House Butler dies due to coronavirus at age 91!

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman had served 11 USA Presidents during his tenure at the White House. He now died of coronavirus infection at the age of 91.

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman and his death

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman was a Butler at the White House. He got the opportunity to serve eleven presidents of the USA. And now he died of coronavirus infection. He was, aged 91. Wilson contracted the disease during the current epidemic. And considering his advanced age, he was a high risk of death. Eventually, it did happen and he perished with it.

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman (Source: CNN)

Wilson’s granddaughter Jamila Garrett confirmed the sad news of his death to NBC. She admitted that all the people at the White House loved him. He never complained about anyone. Jamila added:

“He was always proud of his work, and that translated to us,” 

She had grown up in their Washington DC household. It was a joint family with her mother, her sister, grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. They used to eat and enjoy together.

Tributes for the departed soul

Jamila further added that her grandfather taught them the proper way to dress and behave. He was, hardworking and honest. Jamila disclosed:

“Even our parties at home looked like White House parties. He would scallop radishes and make them look like swans. He would make animals out of watermelon scoops. And he was very creative. Presentation was everything.”

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman (Source: BBC)

Wilson used to shine his own shoes and donned suspenders on a daily basis. Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush told NBC:

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.”

Former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton expressed her sadness at the demise of her ex-employee. She tweeted:

“Jerman served as a White House butler across 11 presidencies and made generations of first families feel at home, including ours. Our warmest condolences to his loved ones.”

Michelle Obama said:

His services 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. We were lucky to have known him.”

Wilson and his career

Wilson joined the White House in 1957 as a cleaner. This was during the Eisenhower administration. Later, he got promotions and became a butler during Kennedy’s presidency. He always had a smile on his face and was a natural charmer. He was so trustworthy that the Kennedys gave him the responsibility of their children. Jamila revealed:

“Jackie O actually promoted him to a butler because of the relationship. She was instrumental in ensuring that that happened.”

Wilson with Bush family (Source: CNN)

Lyndon Johnson also saw to it that Wilson had no money issues to take care of his five kids after the death of his first wife. Wilson was also close to the Bush family. He resigned in 1992 but returned to work part-time with the Obamas. And then in 2012, he truly retired full-time.