Obituary of Carly Amanda STAGG

June 1, 1981- December 16, 2020

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Carly Amanda Stagg on December 16, 2020 at the age of 39 years.  She died peacefully surrounded by her family; her parents, Catherine and Ritchie, sisters Katy and Lauren, and her brother Christopher.

Carly grew up in Airdrie, Alberta and after high school set off to Carleton University in Ottawa to pursue a degree in journalism.  After graduation, she went on to work as a reporter at a newspaper in Hawaii.  Deteriorating health eventually brought Carly back home and in 2011 was given a new lease on life with a successful double lung transplant at the University Hospital in Edmonton.  This life saving gift of donor lungs allowed Carly to lead a full and independent life.  She travelled, worked and then decided to pursue graduate studies at King’s College in Halifax.  During that time Carly worked at CBC in Halifax and then returned to Calgary to work at CBC and then at CTV.

Our ‘warrior princess’ fought so hard her whole life.  Throughout her childhood Carly struggled with health issues and then at thirteen was finally diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Never did she let her health issues stand in the way of living a full life. 

We extend our heart-felt thanks to her cystic fibrosis team and family in Calgary and her lung-transplant team in Edmonton both of whom went above and beyond to ensure she had not only top notch care but was also part of a family who cared deeply for her well-being.

Despite the teams’ valiant efforts and her continuing battle to survive, our ‘warrior princess’ ultimately lost her fight to cancer.

Her family has been comforted by Carly’s many friends and colleagues.  They loved her sense of humour, her sarcastic wit, her intelligence, her loyal and loving friendship and her passion for telling you what was ‘right’.  You can be assured that if Carly was proof-reading this, a biting response would surely follow…

Carly had a deep love for her family and friends; her parents Catherine and Ritchie Stagg, sisters Katy Stagg, Lauren (Kyle) McPherson, brother Christopher (Amber) Stagg, grandparents Bob and Marjorie Stagg and Lorna Fraser, aunts, uncles, cousins and best friend Kristin Yaehne all of whom will miss her more than words can say.  Carly had a very special place in her heart for her five little nephews who were just beginning to appreciate her love and affection (and the candies in her purse).

A celebration of Carly’s life will take place at a later date when we can all be together safely.

Carly’s friends have set up two fund raisers in her honour; The Canadian Transplant Association was instrumental to Carly's well-being when she went through a lung transplant  Cystic Fibrosis Canada donations will be matched by a benefactor until December 31.

By donating through these links, you will receive an individual tax receipt for your donation. When the fundraisers close, all the donations will be tallied up as a group donation from Carly's CBC colleagues, which will be really nice to share with her and her family this holiday season.

Lastly, please consider signing up to be an organ donor. For folks in Alberta, there is info here:

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In living memory of Carly Stagg, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB T4B 3L8, Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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