Mona Simpson, the sister of Steve Jobs, shared his last words in the eulogy she delivered at his memorial service by stating that his surprising final words from his deathbed were, “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.”
In the eulogy, printed in The New York Times, Simpson describes Jobs’ final moments in a Palo Alto hospital, as his breathing gradually became shorter.
His breathing “indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude.”
Delivered at the October 16 service for Jobs at Stanford Memorial Church, Simpson began by describing her initial meeting of her brother for the first time when she was in her mid-20s. Simpson was born in 1957, two years after Jobs, who was given up for adoption by his unwed parents just after birth.
Simpson went on to describe her strong relationship with the man now know for the revolutionizing computer world, while explaining Jobs’ work ethic and capacity for love — particularly for his wife Laurene and as a doting father to their three children.
“Steve was like a girl in the amount of time he spent talking about love. Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods. He tracked and worried about the romantic lives of the people working with him,” she said.
In describing his illness from pancreatic cancer, which Jobs was diagnosed with in October 2003, Simpson paints a picture of Jobs as an enduring, “intensely emotional man.”
She concluded her eulogy by sharing Jobs’ final moments, which were spent staring lovingly at his family, and his final three monosyllabic words as he stared into the distance past their shoulders: “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”