On October 5, 2011 at age 56, Steve Jobs passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He had been battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer for 7 years.
Apple’s board of directors wrote:
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve’s brilliance, passion, and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”
Rich’s wife Sharon worked at the Byte Shop in Palo Alto where one of her responsibilities was to take
orders for the ‘new’ Apple I — and then go to Steve’s garage and pick up ordered computers and
deliver them to the other computer stores in the Bay area.
Rich had the following to say about Jobs’ death: