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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on late husband Dave Goldberg: 'Things will never be the same - but the world is a better place thanks to my beloved husband'

Published 06/05/2015 | 07:05

Sheryl Sandberg pictured with her late husband Dave Goldberg (Photo: Facebook/Sheryl Sandberg)
Sheryl Sandberg pictured with her late husband Dave Goldberg (Photo: Facebook/Sheryl Sandberg)
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook, arrives with her husband David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, for the first day of the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in this July 9, 2014, file photo. SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly on Friday night, his brother Robert wrote in a Facebook post on May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files
Sheryl Sandberg pictured with her late husband Dave Goldberg on their wedding day (Photo: Facebook/Sheryl Sandberg)

Sheryl Sandberg has paid a moving tribute to her late businessman husband Dave Goldberg on the day he was laid to rest.

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The Facebook COO posted the tribute to her own Facebook account just after midnight Irish time.

Sheryl Sandberg pictured with her late husband Dave Goldberg on their wedding day (Photo: Facebook/Sheryl Sandberg)
Sheryl Sandberg pictured with her late husband Dave Goldberg on their wedding day (Photo: Facebook/Sheryl Sandberg)

Sheryl, who is based in San Jose in California, also confirmed her husband was laid to rest yesterday.

Mr Goldberg passed away on Friday evening while he was on holiday with his wife Sheryl and their two children.

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook, arrives with her husband David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, for the first day of the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in this July 9, 2014, file photo. SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly on Friday night, his brother Robert wrote in a Facebook post on May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook, arrives with her husband David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, for the first day of the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in this July 9, 2014, file photo. SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly on Friday night, his brother Robert wrote in a Facebook post on May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files

Ms Sandberg thanked the couple's friends and family "for the outpouring of love over the past few days", describing it as "extraordinary".

Read more here: Silicon Valley CEO and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg, died after 'treadmill slip'  

Dave Goldberg of surveymonkey
Dave Goldberg of surveymonkey
Dave Goldberg, chief executive of SurveyMonkey, speaks during Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco, in this June 18, 2013, file photo. SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly on Friday night, his brother Robert wrote in a Facebook post on May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files
Dave Goldberg. Photo: Getty Images

Her poignant tribute - which was 'liked' immediately by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg - recalled how the pair met and how businessman Dave "introduced" her to the internet for the first time.

"I met Dave nearly 20 years ago when I first moved to LA. He became my best friend. He showed me the internet for the first time, planned fun outings, took me to temple for the Jewish holidays, introduced me to much cooler music than I had ever heard," she wrote.

"We had 11 truly joyful years of the deepest love, happiest marriage, and truest partnership that I could imagine...

"He gave me the experience of being deeply understood, truly supported and completely and utterly loved – and I will carry that with me always. Most importantly, he gave me the two most amazing children in the world.

Read more here: CEO Goldberg killed in treadmill accident  

"Dave was my rock.

"When I got upset, he stayed calm. When I was worried, he said it would be ok. When I wasn’t sure what to do, he figured it out. He was completely dedicated to his children in every way – and their strength these past few days is the best sign I could have that Dave is still here with us in spirit.

"Dave and I did not get nearly enough time together. But as heartbroken as I am today, I am equally grateful. Even in these last few days of completely unexpected hell – the darkest and saddest moments of my life – I know how lucky I have been.

"If the day I walked down that aisle with Dave someone had told me that this would happen – that he would be taken from us all in just 11 years – I would still have walked down that aisle. Because 11 years of being Dave Goldberg’s wife, and 10 years of being a parent with him is perhaps more luck and more happiness than I could have ever imagined. I am grateful for every minute we had.

Read more here: Tech world in shock as Goldberg dies  

"As we put the love of my life to rest today, we buried only his body.

"His spirit, his soul, his amazing ability to give is still with it. It lives on in the stories people are sharing of how he touched their lives, in the love that is visible in the eyes of our family and friends, in the spirit and resilience of our children.

"Things will never be the same – but the world is better for the years my beloved husband lived," she said.

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