Dozens of sticky notes, note cards and letters adorned the windows of the Apple Store on San Francisco’s Stockton Street today in remembrance of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday at the age of 56.
Jobs stepped down as head of the tech company in August but remained chairman of the board until his passing.
On the sidewalk outside the store at 1 Stockton St., roses, candles and stuffed animals were left below the growing collection of notes.
Some notes simply read, “R.I.P. Mr. Jobs,” “iSad” or “Thanks.”
Others left lengthy thoughts on Jobs’ passing, like one note left by “Everybody” that called Jobs “the greatest CEO of all time.”
“I believe I speak for all Apple users when I say we lost a part of our family,” the note read.
People crowded around the store, snapping pictures of the memorials and leaving their own thoughts behind.
“I remember the first Apple computer my family had,” 22-year-old Skye McLennan said. “I feel like I witnessed all of this happen. He really was a huge part of changing the face of technology forever.”
Mike Campton, 21, is scheduled to start work at the Apple Store next week. “That wouldn’t be possible without Steve Jobs,” he said.
“Steve Jobs really impacted my life because I’m such a tech geek and he’s the reason why,” Campton said.
Victoria Carpenter, 54, an English professor at the Academy of Art University, brought her class to the memorial. “I was surprised by how moved I was,” she said. “He’s an incredible inventor.”
One of her students, George Sum, 20, is a music production major.
He said he found out about Jobs’ death in class.
“All of the material in our textbooks is all from Apple,” Sum said. According to Sum, his teacher was so saddened by news of Jobs’ death that he had to take a break from class because he couldn’t continue teaching.
Inside the Apple store, business went on as usual as customers tested MacBooks and iMacs, iPads and iPhones. But the image of Jobs’ memorial posted to Apple’s website lingered on many web browsers.
Scott Morris, Bay City News