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Mark Lennihan, Associated Press
A photo of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is displayed as a tribute, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 at Nasdaq in New York. Jobs died Wednesday at age 56 after a long battle with cancer. Apple shares are listed on Nasdaq.

NEW YORK — Admirers of Steve Jobs gathered at New York's Apple stores Thursday to pay their respects to a man whose impact, they said, would be felt long after his death.

"The Edison of our generation. You will be missed," read a sticky note posted on the window of the Apple store in New York's meatpacking district.

Philippe Meunier of Montreal wrote "Merci, Steve" on a business card and added it to the pile of notes and flowers in front of the store.

Jobs, who founded and ran Apple, died Wednesday at 56 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Meunier, 43, said he and a partner founded Sid Lee, an advertising agency, in the early 1990s with just an Apple Macintosh computer.

"Because of him I was able to become an entrepreneur," Meunier said. "Today, we're over 600 employees and it's all Mac driven."

Meunier said he got news of Jobs' death on his iPhone. "Receiving the news that someone died on the phone that he invented is kind of weird," he said.

Uptown, a makeshift memorial outside the Fifth Avenue Apple store featured flowers, candles, notes and real apples, some mimicking the company's logo with a missing bite.

"Keep thinking differently," read one note that quoted a Jobs dictum.

"It's the passing of an icon," Mona Nagib, 38, a jewelry designer, said as she stopped at the memorial on her way to work.

"It's a tragic thing," said tourist Kenneth Hansen, 37, of Oslo, Norway, whose family owns an iPad and an iPod Touch. "Many of the inventions he did himself as a CEO and this is exceptional."

At Tekserve in Chelsea, an independently owned store that sells and services Apple products, a window display featured Jobs' image on a blown-up Time magazine cover. The picture was draped in black cloth and flanked by pink carnations.

"People are a little bummed," said assistant manager Michael Sullivan.

But Tekserve and the Apple stores bustled with customers. Sullivan said he did not expect Jobs' death to hurt the company he founded.

"I think he had been putting the pieces in place for a while," he said. "I think he knew that this was coming."