Describing Steve Jobs a tender and loving soul, Apple’s visionary co-founder’s biological sister has revealed his last moment and the enigmatic words he uttered before he died.
In a touching eulogy about her late brother at his memorial service on October 16, Mona Simpson told the group of mourners that Steve Jobs looked at his wife and children, then beyond them, before uttering, “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW”.
Describing his death in the eulogy reprinted in the New York Times, she said that Steve’s final words 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, before saying his final words,” she said.
According to the Daily Mail, Simpson recalled that, as Jobs was dying, he seemed to ‘be climbing’.
“His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude,” she said.
She told how Jobs had called her the day before and told her ‘hurry up to Palo Alto’ and that he was ‘sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us’.
“He told me, ‘I’m telling you now because I’m afraid you won’t make it on time, honey’,” she said.
Simpson, a novelist and a professor of English at the University of California, first met her brother when she was a struggling writer in New York aged 25.
She described in the eulogy how she waited her whole life for a man she could love and would love her in return. She thought she would find this man in her father or future husband, in fact, she found it in her brother.