Len Faina, 85, a Washington native who served 23 years with the D.C. police and became a detective, died June 15 at Morningside House
assisted living facility in Ellicott City. He had pneumonia.
Detective Faina joined the D.C. police in 1947 and worked his way up to juvenile probationary detective. A bullet was embedded in his thigh,
the result of being shot during an arrest in 1949. He retired in 1970 because of a back injury suffered during a chase.
Leonard Joseph Faina graduated from Central High what is now (Cardozo High School) and served in the Navy in the Pacific during World
He was a lifetime member of the D.C. police union and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the
Boveglio Club for relatives of former residents of the small Italian town.
He was a Silver Spring resident before moving to Morningside House in 2003.
Faye Burton Faina, whom he married in 1943, died in 1999. A son, Leonard J. Faina, died in 1994.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Faina-Simmonds of Columbia and Sharon Faina-Kurdziel of Cooksville; a sister, Irene Burgess of
Silver Spring; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.