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Tim Cook pens emotional Steve Jobs essay on the anniversary of Jobs' death

Oscar Raymundo | Oct. 6, 2015
Apple's CEO recalls his last days with Steve Jobs: "He was unselfish in the face of his own mortality."

“He loved his family above all, he loved Apple, and he loved the people with whom he worked so closely and achieved so much.” - Tim Cook

Cook also sent a company-wide email to all employees on Monday, urging them to remember who Jobs was and what he stood for. The email read:

Team,

Today marks four years since Steve passed away. On that day, the world lost a visionary. We at Apple lost a leader, a mentor, and many of us lost a dear friend.

Steve was a brilliant person, and his priorities were very simple. He loved his family above all, he loved Apple, and he loved the people with whom he worked so closely and achieved so much.

Each year since his passing, I have reminded everyone in the Apple community that we share the privilege and responsibility of continuing the work Steve loved so much.

What is his legacy? I see it all around us: An incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The greatest products on earth, beloved by customers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Soaring achievements in technology and architecture. Experiences of surprise and delight. A company that only he could have built. A company with an intense determination to change the world for the better.

And, of course, the joy he brought his loved ones.

He told me several times in his final years that he hoped to live long enough to see some of the milestones in his children’s lives. I was in his office over the summer with Laurene and their youngest daughter. Messages and drawings from his kids to their father are still there on Steve’s whiteboard.

If you never knew Steve, you probably work with someone who did or who was here when he led Apple. Please stop one of us today and ask what he was really like. Several of us have posted our personal remembrances on AppleWeb, and I encourage you to read them.

Thank you for honoring Steve by continuing the work he started, and for remembering both who he was and what he stood for.

The story behind the story: In the wake of several unflattering portrayals of Steve Jobs on the big screen, Apple’s top brass is hoping the Apple co-founder is remembered fondly.

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s long-awaited Steve Jobs movie hits theaters this Friday, October 9 in a limited release (with a full release across the U.S. on October 23), and early reviews suggest that depictions of Jobs’ personal flaws were not left on the cutting room floor.

Movie critic for the New York Post Lou Lumenick wrote: “I came away with the feeling that the filmmakers were practically implying that [Jobs’] early death at 56 was some kind of karmic payback.” Ouch.

 

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