Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, one of the longest-serving White House employees, died last week from coronavirus, his granddaughter Jamila Garrett told WTTG in an interview Tuesday. Jerman was 91.
Jerman started working at the White House as a cleaner in 1957, rising to doorman and butler before retiring in 2012, Garrett told the station. Jerman worked for every president from Eisenhower to Obama.
“My grandfather was a family-loving, genuine man,” Garrett said of her grandfather. “He was always about service. Service to others. It didn’t matter who you were or what you did or what you needed, whatever he could provide he did.”
Several former presidents and first ladies shared tributes to Jerman, recalling the way he touched their lives.
A statement from Michelle Obama, who included Jerman in her best-selling memoir Becoming, said: “With his kindness and care, Wilson Jerman helped make the White…