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Sheryl Sandberg posts sweet birthday tribute to late husband

The "Lean In" author honored her husband in a Facebook post marking what would have been his 49th birthday.
/ Source: TODAY

Sheryl Sandberg marked what would have been her husband’s 49th birthday with a Facebook tribute that shared how much she and the couple’s children continue to miss and mourn him a year and a half after his unexpected death.

Sheryl Sandberg with her husband David Goldberg in a July 2014 photoReuters

“We miss his smile, his generosity, his wisdom, and his love,” the “Lean In” author posted Sunday about her husband Dave Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey chief executive who died following a May 2015 accident while on vacation.

Sandberg noted that her husband’s birthday fell on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.

“We focus on new beginnings, giving to others, and seeking forgiveness,” wrote Sandberg, who is Facebook's chief operating officer. "We recommit to being better and working harder to move the world toward what it should be: more just, more equal, more compassionate, more kind."

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Sandberg noted the spirit surrounding the religious holiday was the perfect way to honor her husband’s memory.

Sheryl Sandberg/Facebook

“Dave set an example we all still strive to live up to,” she wrote. “Dave, the world is a better place for the years you lived — and we will always celebrate the day of your birth. I love you, Dave.”

Sandberg’s post received hundreds of shares and thousands more likes within hours.