Steve Jobs’ Last Day

Today NYTimes published a eulogy for Steve Jobs from his sister Mona Simpson, who delivered it on Oct. 16 at Jobs’ memorial service at the Memorial Church of Stanford University.

Mrs. Simpson revealed Jobs’ last day in the eulogy. All details of his death:

“Tuesday morning, he called me to ask me to hurry up to Palo Alto. His tone was affectionate, dear, loving, but like someone whose luggage was already strapped onto the vehicle, who was already on the beginning of his journey, even as he was sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us.

He started his farewell and I stopped him. I said, “Wait. I’m coming. I’m in a taxi to the airport. I’ll be there.”

“I’m telling you now because I’m afraid you won’t make it on time, honey.”

When I arrived, he and his Laurene were joking together like partners who’d lived and worked together every day of their lives. He looked into his children’s eyes as if he couldn’t unlock his gaze.

Until about 2 in the afternoon, his wife could rouse him, to talk to his friends from Apple. Then, after awhile, it was clear that he would no longer wake to us. His breathing changed. It became severe, deliberate, purposeful. I could feel him counting his steps again, pushing farther than before.

Dr. Fischer gave him a 50/50 chance of making it through the night. He made it through the night, Laurene next to him on the bed sometimes jerked up when there was a longer pause between his breaths. She and I looked at each other, then he would heave a deep breath and begin again.

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. 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.”

Besides these details,there are also some quite memorable quotes in the eulogy:

“Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.”

“He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures.”

“For an innovator, Steve was remarkably loyal. If he loved a shirt, he’d order 10 or 100 of them.”

“he enjoyed his success a lot, just minus a few zeros.”

“He treasured happiness.”

THE END