“That moment meant so much to my grandfather,” Schemm's grandson Adam Schemm told TODAY Parents . “You can tell they all know what’s gonna happen, and they just want to enjoy being together. They all have this look of closure.”
My grandfather passed away today.— Adam Schemm (@AdamSchemm)
Last night all he wanted to do was to have one last beer with his sons. pic.twitter.com/6FnCGtG9zW
Schemm, who had stage 4 colon cancer , died the next night.“It was the last 90 minutes that they really had him,” Adam Schemm said. “They drank beer and talked about family and he made everyone promise to take care of my grandmother. They were married for 65 years."The image struck a chord on Twitter and quickly racked up more than 30,000 retweets. Many people replied with similar photos.
“I totally understand that. Hardest beer I ever drank,” wrote one person.“Did the same thing with my Dad in May," another wrote. "Cold beer and a Yankee game. My condolences.”
Did the same thing with my Dad in May. Cold beer and a Yankee game. My condolences pic.twitter.com/aNSULc7AT8— Robert Dorsch (@RichterSupt)
My grandmom did the same thing but with shots of Bailey’s 😭💓 pic.twitter.com/LjSg757YIn— gnocchi plate (@brussproutsrock)One woman responded with a snap of herself taking a shot of Baileys with her ailing grandmother.
Adam Schemm has found comfort in reading the comments and said his grandpa would get a kick of out of his viral fame.
“I was hesitant to make the picture public," he said. “But I’m so glad I did.”