Exactly four years ago, Steve Jobs left us.
Remembering Steve for who he was and what he stood for. We honor him by continuing the work he loved so much. pic.twitter.com/6UiXBjYe3l
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 5, 2015
On this emotional day, Tim Cook paid tribute to his friend and colleague on Twitter and also through a letter sent to all Apple employees.
It was obtained by Telegraph and freely translated by us, as follows:
Today it's been four years since Steve passed away. That day, the world lost a visionary. We at Apple have lost a leader, a mentor, and many of us have lost a dear friend.
Steve was a brilliant person, and his priorities were very simple. He loved his family above all else, he loved Apple and he loved the people with whom he worked closely and with whom he had achieved so many things.
In each year since his death, I have reminded everyone in the Apple community that we share the privilege and responsibility to continue the work that Steve loved so much.
What is your legacy? I see him all around: an incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The best products on the planet, loved by consumers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Sublime achievements in technology and architecture. Experiences of surprise and charm. 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 to his loved ones.
He told me a few times in his later years that he hoped to live long enough to keep up with some of the milestones in his children's lives. I was in your office during the summer with Laurene and her youngest daughter. Messages and drawings from children to their parents are still on Steve's wall.
If you've never met Steve, you probably work with someone you knew or was here when he led Apple. Please stop one of us today and ask what he was like. Many of us have posted their memories on AppleWeb, and I recommend that everyone read them.
Thank you for honoring Steve by continuing the work he started, and for remembering both what he was and what he believed.
Nice words. Steve would certainly be proud to know that Apple today is even bigger and better than when he left.
Update · 10/05/2015 s 16:46
Internally, as Cook said, Apple executives and employees also wrote and posted personal messages including stories about their lives with Jobs.
This was the Cook:
In February 2009, Steve was on medical leave from Apple spending time at home. I stopped by after work and discussed many things with him. He was waiting for a liver transplant and his health seemed to be deteriorating rapidly. One day, in particular, he looked very ill and I was so upset that I threw up in his garden.
I was concerned that he might not live long enough to get to the top of the waiting list for a corpse liver. After checking my own health and searching for liver donors, I visited Steve again and told him I wanted to give him a piece of my liver. Even with his condition and the doubt about him living long enough to get to the top of the waiting list, he vehemently denied my offer for fear that I would put my health at risk.
That was the kind of person he was. He was generous with his own mortality. Even when his outlook was obscure and he had every right to accept help, he denied it, instead of putting a friend at risk. He put his compassion on me above all your needs, and I will never forget that.
It wasn't just Cook who wrote about Jobs, of course. Eddy Cue said he was concerned with pleasing / not disappointing Steve as a member of his family, Phil Schiller remembered the good times in backstage of Apple keynotes, Andrea Jung she remembered a day that Steve called to reassure her about a mistake he had made and Bud Tribble told how Steve really mixed art with technology in practice, from the time of the first Macintosh.
At least internally at Apple, it's pretty obvious how much Jobs was admired.
(via BuzzFeed, Mashable)