In a moving eulogy, published in the New York Times today, Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson waxed about her relationship with the former Apple CEO — from the fairy tale call announcing she had a millionaire long-lost brother, to his death-bed.
And his final words were oh so fitting, as Simpson writes:
Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.
Steve’s final words were:
OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.
Jobs was never very close to his biological mother, but later in life he formed a strong relationship with Simpson, now also known as a renowned author.
“Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me,” she wrote. “For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.”
Simpson’s eulogy is a moving read — not just because it’s from a sister mourning the loss of her brother, but because she eloquently paints Jobs’ approach to work, life, and love as something we should all aspire to. “He believed that love happened all the time, everywhere,” Simpson wrote. “In that most important way, Steve was never ironic, never cynical, never pessimistic. I try to learn from that, still.”