Six Years After His Death a Father Paid for His Son's First Beer on 21st Birthday

It was actually like he was there buying me my first beer."

Like many Americans before him, Matt Goodman had just enjoyed his first legal alcoholic drink on his 21st birthday. Only this one came with a difference.

It had been bought by his father, John, who had died six years earlier, KY3 reports.

In his final days, the elder Goodman had given his daughter, Casey, a $10 bill to be spent on buying his son that first drink when the time came, the TV station said.

"She just gave it to me in an envelope, and I was kind of confused at first," Matt Goodman told The Boston Globe. "Then she told me my dad had given her that before he passed away so he could buy me my first beer. It was a pretty emotional night."

The following day, he headed to Morin's Hometown Bar and Grille in Attleboro where his dad's money bought him the beer and a plate of French toast.

Matt later shared a photograph of the $10 bill and the Bud Light—his dad's favorite—on Twitter. The post has since gone viral, being shared more than 25,000 times and picking up more than half a million likes.

almost 6 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!

— Matt Goodman (@mattg12699) December 6, 2020

"Even if he didn't get this huge response, it's something that he would remember for the rest of his life and it's just been incredible. I have no words," Casey Goodman told local TV station KY3.

She also told The Globe that the gesture was "so typical" of her father. "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."

In response to the viral tweet, Budweiser said it planned to send Matt Goodman hundreds of beers.

"I couldn't believe how many people were reaching out with heartfelt messages and saying 'cheers to my dad' and saying they were raising a glass to him tonight. It was just kind of awesome to see all the response people gave," Matt told KY3.

The elder Goodman died from esophageal cancer in 2015. His son is encouraging others to donate to the center where his father received treatment. He wrote on Twitter, that the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston "did a lot for my dad so that would be much appreciated."

Even in death nothing was going to stop his dad buying that first beer.

"He was just the life of the party," his son said.

Worker carries two beers
A server carries two beers at a bar in Cardiff, Wales, U.K., on October 23. A man in Boston has been bought a beer for his 21st birthday by his father who died six years ago. Getty/Matthew Horwood