Farewell Steve Jobs, You will be missed by all (1955-2011)
It is with great sadness that we have learnt that Apple co-founder, and the face of Apple Steve Jobs has passed away today at the young age of 56. It was reported that Steve Jobs passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his loving family, although the reasons for his passing have not been confirmed by the family. It is an absolute tragedy that we have lost the man who not only co-founded Apple, but was responsible for leading Apple through the iPod, iPhone, and iPad age, an age where Apple went from the brink of losing it all to becoming the most influential and richest company in the world.
Personally, self admittedly I have never been an Apple fan and I probably never will. The one thing however I could never disregard was how innovative and brilliant Apple products have been. I’ve always know that quite a bit of this can be attributed to Steve Jobs who I have always considered a visionary, a leader, and extremely influential man who revolutionized the tech world in which we live in today. Of course Steve wasn’t single handedly responsible for Apple’s success, but he managed to get the best out of his employees and the best out of their creativity to create products that changed the world as we knew it. A creative genius like rarely seen before.
A quick scan on Twitter shows that attributes have been pouring in all over the world, and with good reason. While he may have been hated by many, we feel those who did hate should cast their feelings aside and let the man rest in peace, after all he deserves it. He passed on much too young and we will all certainly miss him, and we thank him for all his dedications and efforts to take technology to the next level with his drive and push, to see the company he co-founded succeed.
No there may never be another like him, so let us remember him for what he did and thank him for it. Rest in Peace Steve Jobs, you will always be missed.
Quotes from Public figures from around the world:
Tim Cook (new CEO of Apple):
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Apple Board of Directors:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
Steve Jobs’ family today made the following statement regarding his death:
Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will