'The Steve I loved': Sister's eulogy to Apple boss

Monday October 31, 2011

The younger sister of Apple legend Steve Jobs has paid tribute to her late brother in a moving eulogy.

At his memorial service, Mona Simpson described how she waited her whole life for a man she could love and who would love her in return – and she found him in Steve.

He was adopted after their parents, who were unmarried, were forced to give him up by their families. 

They went on to have Mona, now a successful novelist, but split when she was four.

Mona finally met the computer whizz in 1984, after his lawyer contacted her.

She said: “Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me.
"For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father.

"When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.”

Over the next 27 years, Steve remained part of her life, often picking her up from the airport in jeans, even though he was a millionaire. 

She added: “He was a physical dad, with each of his children.

"He fretted over Lisa’s boyfriends and Erin’s travel and skirt lengths and Eve’s safety around the horses she adored.”

She also fondly spoke of her brother's strong marriage to his wife Laurene.  

“I remember when he phoned the day he met Laurene. ‘There’s this beautiful woman and she’s really smart and she has this dog and I’m going to marry her.’ ”

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