Obituary: William R. Harkins Jr., 81, of Ansonia

William R. Harkins Jr., 81, of Ansonia, owned and operated Bill’s Hobby Lobby of Ansonia and the Collector’s Paradise of Derby, husband of Nancy L. Beaver Harkins, died Aug. 24, at home.

Born in Derby on April 28, 1935, son of the late William R. Harkins Sr. and Edith Gittings Harkins; U.S. Navy, Korean War.

Besides his wife, he is survived by daughters, Tracy Hara and her husband, Thomas of Morris, Carrie Chapin of Watertown, and Sherry Nash and her husband, Gary of Shelton, five grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Also predeceased by a brother, Robert Harkins and a sister, Jane Harkins.

Services: Friday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m., Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia. Private burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia. Visiting hours: Friday, 4-7 p.m., prior to the service.