Hal Winchester Canary

July 12, 1943April 25, 2018

Hal Winchester Canary, 74, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and originally from Memphis, Tennessee, died on April 25 at 4:55 p.m. Hal grew up in Memphis and attended Central High School, where he met his future wife, Kathy Carroll. He finished high school at Columbia Military Academy in 1962, and received both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1966 and 1970. He then became a Certified Public Accountant. Hal married Kathy in 1966. Hal served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969, in the XVIII Airborne Corps, 12th Support Brigade, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a First Lieutenant, Quartermaster Corps. He received the Army Commendation Medal. After business school, Hal worked as an accountant at Ernst & Young and Haines & Jackson, in Memphis. Hal served as the Finance Director of the City of Germantown, Tennessee, from from 1980 to 1990. He received the Government Finance Officers Association's Award For Excellence in Municipal Debt Management. After leaving Germantown, Hal founded Canary Consulting to provide financial advice to businesses and governments. From 1993 to 1994, Hal served as Finance Director at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. In 1996 he joined Public Financial Management, where he retired as a Managing Director in 2009. Hal and his wife Kathy moved from Memphis to Fort Myers, Florida, in 2001. Hal enjoyed sailing and golfing in his retirement. In 2015, Hal and Kathy moved to Raleigh to be closer to their grandchildren. Hal was the Treasurer and a member of the Vestry at Grace-St. Luke's Church in Memphis. He was active as adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Society of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Tennessee GFOA, and the Florida GFOA. Hal is survived by his wife of more than 51 years, Kathy Carroll Canary, his sister Lucy Canary Church of Charlottesville, Virginia, his son Hal W. Canary, III, of Durham, North Carolina, and two grandchildren, Margaret and Thaddeus Canary. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 1, at 11:00 a.m, at the Springmoor Retirement Community auditorium, 1500 Sawmill Road, in Raleigh. His ashes will be interred in Memphis at a later date. One may make a donation in Hal’s memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hal Winchester Canary

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Claudia Stephenson

May 3, 2018

Dearest Kathy and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God's love surround you and give you all
the strength you need. Kathy, take special care of you. Miss you precious friend.
love, Claudia and Dick Stephenson

Colonel Carey Cole

April 29, 2018

On behalf of the U.S. Army F Troop Quartermaster Officer Candidate School Class 67-13, Ft. Lee, VA, from February thru August 1967, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Hal Canary. Hal was a beloved member of the 77 proud Troopers who struggled and endured to graduate from F Troop. Unfortunately, Hal makes the 12th Trooper we have lost to date. We were a very close group who supported each other then and have remained that way for over 50 years. We all remember the time that Hal was made to stand in the barrack hallway by one of our Tactical Officers and tweet like a canary for some minor infraction. Hal will live on in the thoughts and memories of all the Troopers and we will keep the family in our prayers. We salute you Hal and you will be sorely missed! Colonel (retired) Carey E. Cole, F Troop Class President