Jerman's passing has rattled America including the former first families he served diligently in his more than five-decade career in the White House which began as a cleaner and ended as an elevator operator during the Barack Obama presidency. It should be noted that she developed Covid-19 symptoms shortly after her family visited to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday, March 4.
"With his kindness and care, Wilson Jerman helped make the White House a home for decades of first families, including ours", said Michelle Obama.
Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W Bush and former first lady Laura Bush said he was one of the reasons the White House felt like home.More news: Olivier Sarkozy Apparently Wanted Mary-Kate Olsen to Be a Stay-at-Home Wife
According to her, Jerman also got to work closely with the Bush family when former President George H.W. Bush came to power in 1989. "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 stated in an announcement to NBC News.
She said that he taught his family to "always be yourself" and that is "what we will continue to carry on through his legacy".
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His granddaughter, Shanta Taylor Gay, told CNN on Thursday Jerman died on May 16. "Always said he lived a blessed life".
My exclusive interview with the granddaughter of White House butler, Wilson Jerman is next! It wasn't until the John F. Kennedy administration that Jerman built a friendship with Kennedy and his wife that he was promoted to a butler. "You know, just considering that we aren't able to grieve normally, physically together, that is one way that we are able to still feel connected to his success and connected to so much that he promoted around authenticity and building relationships".
Several former presidents and first ladies shared tributes to Jerman, recalling the way he touched their lives. "Our warmest condolences to his loved ones", Hillary Clinton tweeted.More news: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi reports 13.6% rise in first-quarter revenue
When he left his position in 2012 at the age of 83, Mr Jerman was honoured by Mr Obama with a series of plaques, for each of the 11 presidents he had served.