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Scott Reade Bergen, age 58, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away at home Tuesday evening, November 8, 2022, with his family by his side.
Scott was born on March 5, 1964, in Montreal, Quebec, to Marlene Kronick and the late Harold Bergen. He grew up as the middle of three children, and made special efforts to be the trouble-maker on the cul-de-sac where he lived. His sisters are unable to tell stories of Scott’s youth without giggling about his antics.
He graduated from Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds, Quebec, and Concordia University of Montreal with a BS in Finance. He moved to Toronto to begin his career before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he worked for Atlantic Wholesalers. He was living the happy life of a single, professional man with an expense account, traveling frequently and with many great adventures. That is, until he happened upon a young woman in an AOL chatroom on a warm June evening in 1999. That woman, the former Marjorie Working, became his wife on June 11, 2005. He left his life in Halifax and moved to Evansville, Indiana, to begin a new adventure.
Scott nestled into his Midwestern life, developed a love of gardening, made many great friends, and eventually gained US citizenship in 2016. Those who knew him would say he was kind, generous with his time, witty, and solid. He would greatly appreciate also being called “organized,” as that was very important to him. Sadly, he never managed to get his wife on-board with the concept of organization, but he certainly gave it his best effort.
He was a foster dad to many precious children (and a few challenging ones) who came through his doors. Scott believed that, regardless of how long he had them, he could make a difference in their lives if he showed them what life would be if they made smart choices and got a good education.
Scott was solid as a rock, and the children always looked up to him. There was a sibling group of three who stole his heart in a special way, and he never stopped loving them. Each came to see him in his final days, which is a testament to the impact he had on their lives.
He finally realized his wish to be a father when he and Marjorie took in an exchange student from Montenegro. Matea Radovic arrived on August 1, 2018, and helping her became his mission. The two built a bond that will transcend time. He took his role as her “American dad” very seriously, and he promised to be her shooting star and look over her always.
Scott enjoyed wrestling, hockey, football, travel, politics, growing vegetables, and photographing flowers. He was a foodie who loved to seek out hidden-gem restaurants, and he had a knack for finding the very best surprises. He had an aversion to warm pie, foot rubs, and people who complain.
Scott was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015 and quickly decided he would not let Parkinson’s win. He fought like hell and got involved in the PD community to make a difference in the lives of others with Parkinson’s.
He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April 2020. He fought valiantly with strength, determination, and positivity, and he never uttered a single complaint. Scott knew he would not beat the cancer, but he did everything he could to stay on this earth with his family for as long as possible. He was an inspiration to many. Scott often said, “I have to keep fighting so God will know I want to live.”
Scott leaves behind his loving wife and biggest supporter, Marjorie (Working) Bergen; daughter, Matea Radovic; mother, Marlene Kronick (Maurice Fefer); sister, Elaine Bergen (Ken Babinchak); sister, Myrna Bergen; In-laws, Robert and Juanita Working; sister-in-law, Angela Working; sister-in-law, Victoria Tucker (Terry Tucker); honorary brother and sister, Goran and Gordana Radovic; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and an enormous fan club of friends.
Scott’s life will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 5130 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, Indiana. Pastor Jim Clark will officiate, and a lunch will immediately follow. All are welcome. Burial will be private.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, from 3-7 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home at 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, Indiana.
The Wednesday service will be available on a live stream beginning 20 minutes before service time. Please visit boonefuneralhome.net, select Scott’s obituary, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Live Stream.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PDEVV HUB at PO Box 631, Evansville, Indiana, 47704 or online at www.pdevvhub.org to support the local Parkinson’s community Scott so loved.
Scott’s family would like to thank Cara Reising, NP, Vivian Cook, MD and the entire team of nurses and support staff at St. Vincent Ascension Cancer Center for their constant and consistent care.
Boone Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Scott Bergen. Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net.