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Burlington City Hall Flags at Half-Mast for Passing of Ellen Irmisch of the Tartan Terrors

Photo by Zoran Kokanovic on Unsplash.
Photo by Zoran Kokanovic on Unsplash.

If you passed by Burlington City Hall today, you’ll have noticed our flags were at half mast — they were lowered today (Tuesday, Aug. 6) after learning of the passing of Ellen Wilkes Irmisch of the Tartan Terrors and in recognition of her contributions to our City.

Burlington has lost a champion of arts and culture in our community, a compassionate person who always gave back to make our city better. She has continued that even still with a GOFundMe page that she requested be posted after her passing to help gift her fellow Tartan Terrors with new kilts and equipment.

“I want the Tartan Terrors to continue bring music, laughter and joy to those around the world,” she wrote. “If you can contribute in anyway so my memory will live on with them.”

Ellen built on the legacy of performing arts started by her parents — including a summer camp on the family home that my own kids attended a long time ago. I was honoured to have met Sue and Ellen Irmish.

The Irmish family, in the name of K. W. Irmish, sponsors the Arts Person of the Year award at the annual Burlington’s Best Awards. Ellen came every year to present, gifting us with her stories, humour and love of performance.

A bright light has gone out. You will be missed.

— Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward


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4 thoughts on “Burlington City Hall Flags at Half-Mast for Passing of Ellen Irmisch of the Tartan Terrors”

  1. Paul and Lidia Traina

    Almost 20 years ago, responding to an ad in the Burlington Post, we brought our daughter Stephanie to a summer arts camp run by Ellen’s mother Sue, on the Irmisch family farm in north Burlington. Little did we know the lasting impact this experience would have on our lives… We discovered the drama and dance studio that Ellen had taken over from her mother. Stephanie joined the studio, and her experiences over the years that followed have shaped her life to this day. Ellen’s encouragement, kindness, and attitude of inclusiveness made an incredible lasting impact. We will never forget Ellen, her words and actions live on in the lives she has changed.

  2. Ellen was our Wendy when two of my children and I performed in Peter Pan. I’ll remember forever that twinkle in her eye and her unique joyful laughter. RIP lovely lady.

  3. P. Bruce Edwards

    Stunned and saddened to hear this. I performed with Ellen years ago. She sparkled. “A bright light” is a most appropriate way to describe her. She will be missed indeed.

  4. What a beautiful tribute. I have been friends with the Tartan Terrors for many years. Ellen touched the heart of everyone she met and you and your Cities tribute to her is exactly what Ellen stood for. Love and respect of people. Thank you Mayor and Burlington

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