Wilson Jerman (Tina Hager/White House photo)
Wilson Jerman (Tina Hager/White House photo)

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a former White House employee who served under 11 presidents, has died from complications of the coronavirus. He was 91

Jerman began work at the White House in 1957 and was one of the White House’s longest-serving employees, last serving under former President Obama as an elevator operator.

“With his kindness and care, Wilson Jerman helped make the White House a home for decades of First Families, including ours,” former first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. “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.”

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, concurred, remembering Jerman as “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,” the Bushes said in a statement.

Former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton also issued a statement saying she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were saddened to hear of Jerman’s death.

Jerman’s granddaughter Jamila Garrett said he was one of the few White House staffers trusted to take the Kennedy children to different parts of the White House.

“[Jackie Onassis Kennedy] actually promoted him to a butler because of the relationship,” Garrett told WTTG-TV (Channel 5). “She was instrumental in ensuring that that happened.”

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