In today’s New York Times, Steve Jobs‘ sister Mona Simpson published a eulogy to her late brother, praising his creative vision and ability to see the world in a very artistic way. She recalls how her brother gave her advice on what technology to use, how hard he worked on projects, and how he valued craftsmanship over “novelty.”
Jobs, who has been referred to more than once as a “Renaissance man” of this generation, had a deep and abiding love for his family that, according to his sister, his secretary was allowed to interrupt his meetings if a family member was trying to get in touch with him.
And even when he started growing more and more ill, he never lost his positive demeanor and outlook on the world.
Intubated, when he couldn’t talk, he asked for a notepad. He sketched devices to hold an iPad in a hospital bed. He designed new fluid monitors and x-ray equipment. He redrew that not-quite-special-enough hospital unit. And every time his wife walked into the room, I watched his smile remake itself on his face.
For the really big, big things, you have to trust me, he wrote on his sketchpad. He looked up. You have to.
By that, he meant that we should disobey the doctors and give him a piece of ice.
And Simpson was able to recall her brother’s final words as he laid in bed, surrounded by his family:
“OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”
Click HERE to read the full Eulogy
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