Apple Inc. CEO Timothy Cook honored the memory of company co-founder Steve Jobs days before the third anniversary of his death in an email sent to employees Friday. Cook told workers to remember the many ways Jobs made the world better in the message obtained by iClarified. “Steve’s life’s work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces,” Cook wrote.

Jobs died of pancreatic cancer and respiratory arrest Oct. 5, 2011. Cook remembered his predecessor as Apple CEO on what would have been his 59th birthday last February with a couple of tweets quoting him. Here’s one of them:

Since Jobs’ passing, he has been remembered by the world at large in a number of ways, ranging from biographies to films.

You can read the full text of the email from Cook to employees below:

Team,

Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will. 

I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to text messages. Steve’s life’s work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces. 

Steve’s vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with us. Many of the ideas and projects we’re working on today got started after he died, but his influence on them -- and on all of us -- is unmistakeable. 

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for helping carry Steve’s legacy into the future. 

Tim