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Jobs memorial set for 16 October

15 Oct 2011
Apple's Steve Jobs

As the world continues to mourn the passing of Steve Jobs, Silicon Valley is preparing to memorialise the Apple co-founder.

Invitations have reportedly been sent out for a formal memorial service for Jobs to be held at Stanford University. The invitation-only service will likely include Silicon Valley icons and many of Jobs closest friends.

While Apple fans around the world have been offering their condolences to Jobs both at his home in Palo Alto and at Apple Store locations around the world, the event will serve as a formal goodbye for those who knew the man best.

The Stanford Campus seems a fitting place for the memorial as it was at the 2005 Stanford graduation ceremony Jobs delivered his now-iconic commencement address. The speech touched on many of the milestone events in Jobs life, but most notably it addressed the bout with cancer which would eventually claim Jobs life. Speaking on life and death, the Apple founder issued the following passage:

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. 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.

For those looking for a more accessable event, the Discovery Channel is planning its own tribute to Steve Jobs. Mythbusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will host a special event Sunday at 8 PM US Pacific time which will pay tribute to Jobs and his legacy at Apple.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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