‘Cheers pops, this one’s for you’: Father who died of cancer six years ago ‘buys his son his first beer’ after secretly leaving him $10 for his 21st birthday
- Matt Goodman, 21, from Boston, enjoyed first legal beer bought by late father
- John Goodman had given his daughter a $10 bill to buy Matt the beer on his 21st
- Father passed away from cancer six years ago, with Casey keeping note secret
A son has shared the heartwarming moment his late father was able to buy him his first legal beer on his 21st birthday, six years after his death from cancer.
Matt Goodman, 21, from Boston, Massachusetts, was preparing to celebrate the milestone birthday on December 5 when his sister produced a $10 bill and a note from his father.
John Goodman had planned ahead to his son’s 21st before his death, secretly handing his daughter Casey the bill to use when buying Matt his first legal beer.
Matt Goodman, 21, from Boston, Massachusetts, enjoying his first legal beer bought for him by his late father on the milestone birthday
The $10 bill which Matt’s mother and sister Casey had kept secret for six years since his father’s death
Matt took to Twitter to share a picture of the special moment he took a sip of the beer his late father had bought him over breakfast on his birthday.
He captioned the tweet: ‘Almost six years ago before my dad passed he gave my sister this $10 bill to give to me on my 21st birthday so he could buy me my first beer,’
‘Cheers pops, havin’ this one for you!’ [sic]
His mother and sister Casey said they had kept the note secret from Matt, storing it in an envelope in the closet before finally revealing the touching gesture to him the night before his birthday.
Casey told CBS: ‘It’s just something so typical that my dad would have done.
Matt Goodman with his father John. Matt’s sister Casey said the pair were ‘so close’, making milestones hard to face without him
Matt and his father John (pictured). His mother and sister Casey said they had kept the note secret from Matt for six years ahead of the special day
Matt and his father John play-fighting. More than half a million people liked Matt’s tweet
‘To buy his first beer. Him and my dad were so close and he’s had such a hard time anytime that a monumental moment comes up in his life that my dad’s not there.’
The Tweet has since gone viral with more than half a million likes on the social networking site, with many moved by the emotional gift.
One user commented: ‘Wow man this one hit – somehow I’m happy and just devastated at the same time – sorry for your loss, seems like your dad was a gem.’
Another person said: ‘So pleased you were able to make that trip and have a beer together.
‘My dad died when I was 15, coming up on 40 years ago now, so I never got to have a drink with him. Treasure that beer you had together in Canada forever.’
Matt later received eight crates of Budweiser as a gift from the lager company, as Bud Light had been his father’s favourite beer
Matt later received eight crates of Budweiser as a gift from the lager company, as Bud Light had been his father’s favourite beer and what Matt had chosen to drink on the day
Many people offered to buy Matt a beer, instead he asked for donations to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (pictured with John, his father)
Someone else added: ‘This is so great! My dad passed when I was 13. What I’d give to simply have a beer, watch a game, play cards or just have a simple conversation with him.’
With so many people offering to buy Matt a beer he later tweeted: ‘Appreciate all of you asking for my venmo, but instead if you wanted to send money feel free to donate any amount to Dana-Farber they did a lot for my dad so that would be much appreciated!’
Matt later received eight crates of Budweiser as a gift from the lager company, as Bud Light had been his father’s favourite and the beer he had chosen to drink on his birthday.
Twitter users who related to losing a loved one commented on the heartwarming post, thanking Matt for sharing the story