William Ambrose O'Hara Jr., 86, died Aug. 10 surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Elena O'Hara.

He was a former longtime resident of Washington, where he had owned The Armoury.

He was born Dec. 15, 1926, in New York, the son of the late William Ambrose O'Hara Sr. and Evelyn (Pottberg) O'Hara.

He attended the Loomis-Chaffee School and was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in business.

Earlier in his career, he spent two years as a New Jersey state police officer, before working for Olin Winchester as president of western sales and operations. He then moved to Washington and worked at Colt Firearms.

In 1968, he opened The Armoury, which he ran for 32 years. He was an expert in all types of firearms, especially antiques. He was also a lifetime NRA member, a certified instructor and a trap shooter.

He was an avid hunter, having traveled the world many times. He was also a private pilot.

In addition to his wife, Elena, he is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth O'Hara Lee, and husband William; and Christine Durkin; eight grandchildren, Hunter, Karrick and Brogan Lee; and Tristen, Thomas, Jordan, Stevie-Ann and McKenzie Durkin; a great-grandson, Julien; and two stepchildren, Christine, and Edward.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Casimir Church on Allen Street in Terryville. Burial will follow in the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown.

Rowe Funeral Home in Litchfield is in charge of arrangements.