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Published in Cape Cod Times on June 4, 2020
MARSTONS MILLS – We are heartbroken to share that our beloved Scott Beels, professionally known as Bumper Morgan, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 59 after living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for one year. Scott was surrounded by his loving wife Kim of 32 years, and his children; Christopher and his wife Azra, Stephanie, and Griffin.
Scott had a “wonderful life.” He always found the good in every situation and saw each day as a new adventure, including being diagnosed with ALS. If you asked him how he was, he would always say GREAT! He was devoted to his family, loved to hike, enjoyed nature, taking the long way home, and his passion for music and radio was the fuel of his life. Scott shared his enthusiasm for radio with everyone. He could instinctively find the perfect song to make his listener cry, sing, dance, or laugh.
Scott was professionally known as Bumper Morgan. He produced many commercials for local Cape Cod businesses. During a radio career that spanned more than four decades, Bumper imaged stations around the world, including Atlantic 252 and Energy 108 Toronto. He was an award-winning commercial producer, disc jockey and/or production director at many radio stations across the United States. Bumper was on the airwaves of stations including KZZP Phoenix; KPUR Amarillo; KRIG Odessa-Midland; KJ-100 Louisville; B-94 Pittsburgh; 13Q WQUE New Orleans, WGCL Cleveland, KTFM San Antonio; Y107 Nashville; Oldies 101.1, WCOD, WXTK, Frank-FM and PIXY-103 Cape Cod, MA. His talent was recognized by the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters in 2012. Bumper Morgan was honored to be inducted into the KRIZ Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
In addition to his family, he is survived by his brother Terry Beels, niece Mary Apple Pastrana, nephew Donald Hulen, niece Summer Bingham, stepfather Lee Jones, stepsiblings Leslie Herdeman, Amy Andersen, Linda Hofmann, Joyce Mills, Gene Harvey, many cousins, and his radio family.
Scott and Kim moved from Nashville, TN to Cape Cod, MA where they raised their family for the past 18 years. Although ALS silenced his voice before he passed, he had comfort in knowing he was given the opportunity to use up all his words in the profession he loved, radio.
No one is lost who is not forgotten. Donations can be made to Compassionate Care ALS for their immeasurable support.