White House butler dies after contracting coronavirus

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Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a 91-year old former White House butler who worked under 11 US Presidents, has died after contracting coronavirus.

His granddaughter, Shanta Taylor Gay, confirmed that he died on May 16.

The long-serving employee began working in the White House in 1957 under then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a cleaner. He was promoted to becoming a butler under former President John F. Kennedy, largely thanks to the former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Jerman’s granddaughter Gay said he initially retired from the White House in 1997 but went back in 2003 for the Bush administration, then officially retired for good in 2012 as the Head Waiter, under then-President Barack Obama after he suffered a stroke in 2011.

Herman and the Obamas in an elevator

Gay said the Obamas assisted in making sure Jerman was taken care of while in the hospital for the Stroke treatment, and even honoured him with a plaque and a coin to represent each President he served in his more than 50 years of service.



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