On January 21st, 2020, one of my dearest friends transitioned and left this plane.  My heart is still aching.  “Ingy” Ingersoll was a full-time musician and NE Ohio celebrity.  You may have seen and heard her perform at Playhouse Square or at an upscale restaurant while you dined.  You may have even sung with her at her Piano Bar.  Ingy was closer to me than most of my family; she was family to me.  

Deborah "Ingy" Ingersoll and  Great Conjunction Co Founder Joe Thornton in 2008Members of Ingy’s family, friends and Great Conjunction are working together to create a scholarship in her name to help students studying music.  We would be thrilled if you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution.  If you’d like to participate, there is a tab for donations on the Great Conjunction website.  More information about the scholarship will be forthcoming.

I was extremely honored that a tribute I wrote for Ingy was read at her memorial service.  I would like to share it with you now.

The world is now a little dimmer and a little quieter.

There truly are angels among us and last night we lost a precious one. Deborah "Ingy" Ingersoll.

Mere words cannot accurately or adequately describe her. Ingy was incredibly talented but her heart was the most special aspect to her. She truly loved everyone and she loved unconditionally. And she lived Joy to the fullest.

When Ingy hugged you, you felt her unconditional love. When she smiled at you your heart would soar. When she laughed, you truly knew joy.

Through her joy of life and loving, and through her music, she created a community populated by people from all walks of life, every age, interest and background. We were all like satellites orbiting her sun. Deep, loving and lasting friendships were forged in the heat of her love and kindness. 

Deborah "Ingy" Ingersoll and Great Conjunction Co Founder Joe Thornton in 2019 at Ingy's Piano BarIngy touched my life in many profound ways. Simply having her in my life made me want to be a better person. She blessed me with her friendship and she became an important part of my family. She was always there to share my pains and my triumphs. Ingy even played an integral part in my wedding. 

Now this angel has gone. And for those of us whose lives were blessed by Ingy, we must always love with abandon, laugh with vigor and sing. Just keep singing.

I am honored and so grateful that my heart is broken. To be in Ingy's heart, her life, was a gift beyond compare. 

Good journey to you Ingy and from the bottom of my heart I thank you. I love you, my friend, my songbird.