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May 22, 2020 14:06
Former White House employee who had served 11 President dies of Covid-19

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Ex-White House employee who has worked under the reign of 11 US President died at the age of 91 because of Covid-19 complications.

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who is one of the longest serving employees of the White House, died at the age of 91 this month because of the complications. He has worked under various positions including that of a cleaner, doorman and even a butler from 1957 to 2012.

"I want the world to remember my grandfather as someone who is really authentic," said Jerman’s granddaughter.

She further said how her grandfather had just one teaching that he has given everyone. He always said everyone to be themselves and that is what helps you to carry on your legacy. That is exactly what his family abide by.

Jerman had served 11 US presidents and started working in the White House as a cleaner under the reign of Dwight D Eisenhower. He was later promoted to the position of a butler under the administration of John F Kennedy when he impressed first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy with his work.

Another granddaughter, Shanta Taylor Gay, reported to CNN that her grandfather retired from his services in the White House in 1997 but later returned in 2003.

Even former US President George W Bush and first lady, Laura Bush has referred  to Jerman as a dedicated man. They said that Jerman was the first person they saw after they woke up and the last person they say before their retired to bed at night.

Jerman left working in White House in the year of 2012 under President Barack Obama as maitre d'.

People who have met Jerman have time and time said that he was a very quiet and stern man. He has a very giving nature and never fussed or complained about anything at all. He had always lived a blessed life.

"Considering that we aren't able to grieve normally - physically together, [the photo's inclusion] is one way we are able to feel connected to his success and to feel connected to so much that he promoted around authenticity and building relationships, which equals building trust," said one of the granddaughters.

By Somapika Dutta

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