Date of death: 3/20/2012

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1956

Bert was an accountant who studied as a Benedictine monk and fought with the Royal Dutch Army in World War II, died in Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Castleton Corners. He was 91Born in North Battleford, Canada, he was reared in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He graduated from St. Ignatius College there in 1939.Mr. Quaadman attended officers’ training at the Royal Dutch Military Academy and fought with the Royal Dutch Army during the German invasion of Holland during World War II. Following liberation, he served as a medic in the Royal Dutch Marines in Indonesia from 1945 to 1947.Upon his discharge from the Marines, Mr. Quaadman moved to the United States to study as a Benedictine monk at St. Meinrad Abbey in Indiana. He traveled to numerous abbeys and monasteries throughout the world, including Jerusalem, South Dakota, New York and Vermont.Chronic illness forced him from religious service, and after a lengthy siege followed by surgery, he accepted an accounting job in Aruba, where he met his wife, the former Hermina Haanen. They moved to West Brighton in 1959, and he worked as an accountant for Bayonne (N.J.) Hospital before retiring in 1988.Mr. Quaadman was introduced to the Boy Scouts as a youth in 1936 in Amsterdam, and remained actively involved in scouting throughout his life, assisting with Scout troops wherever he was located. He served as scoutmaster for Troop 77 at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Tompkinsville, and also served in various district appointments. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1986 and retired from Scouting in 1996.Mr. Quaadman and his wife served as foster parents for 15 years for the Catholic Home Bureau, Manhattan, and over the years cared for 22 children. Mr. Quaadman was also a lector at Our Lady of Good Counsel for decades. Mr. Quaadman was a member of the Staten Island Fencing Club, and served as instructor, secretary and treasurer. He also competed in national competitions while in his 70s.His wife of 34 years, Hermina, died in 1992.Mr. Quaadman is survived by two daughters, Monique Kusick and Marianna Barylski; a son, Thomas Quaadman, and five grandchildren.The funeral will be Saturday from the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Arrangements include cremation.From