It was a simple photo of a sweet moment, and it went viral the moment it was shared. It was a simple tribute to a grandfather:
“My grandfather passed away today. Last night all he wanted to do was to have one last beer with his sons.”
My grandfather passed away today.
Last night all he wanted to do was to have one last beer with his sons. pic.twitter.com/6FnCGtG9zW
— Adam Schemm (@AdamSchemm) November 21, 2019
We shared it here at The Dad, and so did nearly 35,000 other people. The tweet was liked more than 300,000 times, as the moment resonated with people around the nation.
87-year old Norbert Schemm passed away from stage 4 colon cancer and the poignant photo was shared by his grandson Adam. He told USA Today the moment was too good not to share with the world.
“It just seemed like a really good family moment and you can kind of see the look and the smile on his face,” he said. “I can tell my grandfather’s smiling, at least trying to. They all are accepting what’s going to happen but they really cherish this last moment that meant a lot to them.”
He said he didn’t expect the crazy response to the photo and that he’s enjoyed talking about his grandfather, who has been described as a kind, strong, hardworking, and loving person. The tweet has generated dozens of responses from other people sharing similar stories of their sweet last moments with loved ones.
One of his sons told a Wisconsin newspaper that it was a fitting end for his dad.
“Everybody that he touched, that knew him, he left an impact,” he said. “And being able to go out this way, it’s just unbelievable.”