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Steve Jobs' sister reveals in a eulogy published Sunday in the New York Times that her brother remained positive right up until the end and that: "Death didn't happen to Steve, he achieved it."
In Mona Simpson's eulogy -- originally read during Jobs' memorial service on October 16 -- she states: "I want to tell you a few things I learned from Steve, during three distinct periods, over the 27 years I knew him. They're not periods of years, but of states of being. His full life. His illness. His dying." Since Jobs' birth parents gave him up for adoption at birth and his sister was born later, Simpson met Jobs later in life when both were adults.
"When I met Steve, he was a guy my age in jeans, Arab- or Jewish-looking and handsomer than Omar Sharif," she said. Simpson said when they first met, she told her brother she had wanted to buy a computer but decided to wait. "Steve told me it was a good thing I'd waited. He said he was going to make something that was going to be insanely beautiful."
The late Apple chief's sister spoke about Jobs' disappointment at being isolated professionally earlier in his career. "When he got kicked out of Apple, things were painful. He told me about a dinner at which 500 Silicon Valley leaders met the then-sitting president. Steve hadn't been invited," said Simpson. "He was hurt but he still went to work ... Every single day."
Simpson said that even as her brother struggled physically in his last hours, "there was also sweet Steve's capacity for wonderment, the artist's belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later." With family members surrounding him, Simpson revealed his last words: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."