Olivier Sanche, Global Data Center Director at Apple Inc., died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day at age 41.
On his blog LooseBolts, Michael Manos writes, “The data center industry has suffered a huge loss this holiday weekend with the passing of Olivier Sanche, head of Apple’s Data Center program. He was an incredibly thoughtful man, a great father and husband, and very sincerely a great friend.”
“Olivier was the type of person who could light up a room with his mere presence. It was as if he embraced the entire room in one giant hug even if they were strangers. He could sit quietly mulling a topic, pensively going through his calculations and explode into the conversation and rigorously debate everyone. That passion never belied his ability to learn, to adapt, to incorporate new thinking into his persona either,” Manos writes. “Through the years we knew each other I saw him forge his ideas through debate, always evolving. Many people know the public Olivier, the Olivier they saw at press conferences, or speaking engagements, and the like. Some of us, got to know Olivier much better… You could always count on Olivier to be a warm and calming force. He was incredibly intelligent, and although he might disagree, you could count on him to champion the free discussion of ideas.”
Mano writes, “More information about memorial services and the like will be coming out shortly and they are trying to get the word out to all of his friends. The world has lost a great mind, Apple has lost a visionary, His family has lost their world, and I have lost a good friend. Adieu, Dear Olivier, You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.”
Full blog post here.
Along with some heartbreaking photos of Sanche and his daughter Emilie, Dave Ohara blogs, “His daughter Emilie is the same age as my daughter (both born in Sept 2001) and was Olivier’s inspiration to green the data center… Olivier loved being at Apple as he could do things he could get done no where else. He had vision, passion, and drive to do the right thing, especially for the environment. One of the sadder parts is Olivier couldn’t talk about what he was doing at Apple, but we had many other data center things we could talk about without touching on any Apple topics.”
Ohara writes, “My trips to San Jose are going to be one of my saddest trips for a long time as I know I can no longer visit my dear friend Olivier. But what is even sadder is thinking of Emilie no longer having her awesome Dad.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Gone too soon. Our condolences to the Sanche family. R.I.P., Mr. Sanche.
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