Private Jobs funeral may have evaded Westboro protest

10 Oct 2011

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs

The funeral for Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of consumer electronics giant Apple, may have been held in private on Friday to avoid a protest by extremist group Westboro Baptist Church.

Jobs died on 5 October in Palo Alto, California, after a long battle with illnesses. He was 56.

The Westboro Baptist Church is an independent group, which has protested the Jewish community, homosexuality and US soldiers. It revealed it planned to picket at Jobs’ funeral in a tweet – posted via iPhone.

“No peace for man who served self, not God,” the tweet also said.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Jobs’ family held a private funeral and burial for him on 7 October. The paper quoted a person “familiar with the matter”, who refused to disclose the time and location of the service out of respect for Jobs and his family’s privacy.

While Jobs lived in Palo Alto, it’s likely he was not buried in the city. Fox News quoted a Palo Alto police department spokeswoman as saying she believed the service was held outside the city.

Jobs’ company has said there will be no service for the public. Apple CEO Tim Cook informed staff in an email that a celebration of Jobs’ life would be held soon for Apple employees.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic