As yesterday’s news of Steve Jobs passing broke, Apple fans in Australia and all over the world flocked to Apple Stores to pay their respects to the man who helped shape it all.
Australian mourners gathered outside Sydney’s George St Apple store to leave flowers, notes and gratitude, ninemsn.com.au reported.
Image via ninemsn.com.au: Flowers and notes were left outside the George St Apple store in Sydney
Sydney lawyer George Raptis was five years old when he first used a Mac: “He’s changed the face of computing. There will only ever be one Steve Jobs,” he told media.
The scene was much the same in other parts of the world, especially San Francisco where people congregated in mass numbers at the Apple flagship store.
Genaro Nollan in San Francisco was at the scene with a dozen packages of Post-It notes. “I heard about it, and I had to come down,” he said, adding a notepad to the small shrine accumulating outside the store’s glass window. “We had to show Steve how we felt.”
Thanks to his contributions, the normally-pristine glass windows of the Stockton store were covered in Post-Its from mourners and passers-by. Apple customers from all walks of life have stopped to pay their respects by writing or sketching. “He was a different kind of CEO,” said Nollan. “He seems to really care about his products and his customers.”
A stranger, overhearing our conversation about Nollan’s Post-It offerings, looked up from the Post-It he had been writing on. “Thank you,” he said to Nollan. “You have brought a lot of people together tonight.”
Meanwhile, from the rear of the crowd, Lynn Pagazzini stepped forward and used her iPad to snap a photo of the scene, then shut its Smart Cover and started pushing her way through the mourners and reporters to pick up a marker and a Post-It. She stuck the note to her iPad and began to write.
“I just needed to pay my respects to the great visionary of our generation. I have had a love affair with Apple for 20 years,” Pagazzini said, before glancing into the foggy San Francisco evening. “The sky is definitely dimmer tonight.”
Lynn Ragazzini pens a note in honor of Jobs, which reads: “Thank you for improving our lives. You are not gone, nor forgotten.”
Post-Its celebrating Jobs’s life covered the glass windows of the Stockton Apple Store.
Mourners knelt by the growing shrine to write their respects.
Mourners light candles for Jobs at the impromptu memorial.