Brett Bydairk

Brett W. Bydairk, 69 passed away suddenly on February 11, 2021. Brett was born in Chicago, IL and lived in Connecticut, Idaho, California and Hawaii before his military parents moved to Ballston Spa in 1962. Brett graduated from Ballston Spa High School as well as the University of South Carolina.

He worked for the state of South Carolina for over 30 years before returning to Ballston Spa in 2007. Brett also served in the United States Air Force. He was a music enthusiast and enjoyed performances at his beloved Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. He was happy to be the Caffe historian and took great satisfaction in maintaining the archives. Brett was also an avid reader and book collector. He maintained an extensive collection of books.

Brett was a proud brother, uncle and loyal friend. He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Lois (Kiper) Bydairk and a brother Tracy W. Bydairk. Brett is survived by his sister Wendy Bydairk and her husband, Michael Zimmerman of North Andover, MA; niece Eliza Zimmerman and her husband Mark Suscovich of Duxbury, MA, niece Maxie Zimmerman of N. Andover, MA; and his lifelong best friend Mike Norton of Dublin, PA.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Brett may be made to Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Guest Book


May my cousin rest in peace

Sonny Speed

Loved sharing our love of music at Caffe Lena with Brett, He always had a deep appreciation and support for the artists appearing on their stage. May his spirit stay with us

Lisa Tracy

I had gotten to know Brett over the years at Caffè Lena and am deeply saddened by this news. He was a really great guy.

Cheryl Jenks

I always knew it was an extra special show at Caffè Lena as you came up the stairs. You will be missed

Jacques L Raymond

So sorry for your loss Wendy. Sincere condolences to you and your family. Jacques and Donna