The background to our lives

John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and that legendary queen of Queen; Freddie Mercury – so many showmen have graced the stage of life. They have enlivened our worlds and broadened our horizons. They have pushed us from complacency and made us look at the world with new eyes. They have enriched us and inspired us and they have left us before their time.

It was with heavy heart that I heard of Steven P. Jobs’ passing. He was one of the greats. A man who pushed us and his peers, a man who showed us that there was a better way of doing things. Whilst his passage from this life was expected; his health visibly failing at every public appearance – his loss still came as a blow. Felt keenly around the world, it was a loss for which many of us felt wholly unprepared.

Jobs’ legacy, from the Apple II to the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad have been part of the background of our lives. Those few who haven’t used his products have certainly used those of his competitors – products which borrowed and benefitted from his great designs. He might not have been the sole creator but his influence was evident in the high standards of each.

My heroes in this world have been those lofty individuals who almost canonised have passed into legend – JFK, RFK, Lennon, MLK, Lincoln, Freddie Mercury. These men however are obvious choices. What surprised me about Steve Jobs’ death was not how acutely his passing was felt, but that I hadn’t realised he’d been a hero all along.

Below are a selection of family images from over the years. From a little girl’s first e-mail to cousins communicating across continents Apple have been a valuable part of our lives: