Bono among mourners at small Silicon Valley ceremony for Apple’s Steve Jobs
Celebrity central at memorial for late tech genius
Luminaries of the business, politics and entertainment words arrived by the limo load to pay their last respects to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs this weekend.
Guests including former president Bill Clinton, and rock royalty Bono mingled with top Silicon Valley executives at the service held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on Sunday.
Guests also included Google co-founder Larry Page, former U.S. vice president Al Gore and new Apple CEO Tim Cook, who took over from Jobs in August.
Security guards placed a lockdown on all roads within half a mile of the university's memorial church and the campus itself was closed to the public for around eight hours as guests arrived in dozens of black limousines at the Memorial Church in the center Stanford University's campus.
In a statement California's Governor Jerry Brown declared Sunda 'Steve Jobs Day' in the western US state.
said Brown: 'To call him influential would be an understatement. His innovations transformed an industry, and the products he conceived and shepherded to market have changed the way the entire world communicates," Brown said in a statement.'
Jobs battled with pancreatic cancer for years and is the visionary who oversaw the introduction of industry redefining technology including the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and Apple's iTunes music store.
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Steve Jobs met his wife Laurene, who was studying for a graduate business degree, on the Stamford campus in 1989 when he gave a talk to students.
It was also there that Jobs delivered his most famous and moving speech in 2005, on the lessons he had gleaned from his struggle with cancer.
'Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,' he said in a commencement address to graduating students.
'Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
'Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.'
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