Da Investigator Festa Dies at 64

Spent Over 30 Years In Law Enforcement

Chief Investigator Lawrence J. Festa of the Queens District Attorney’s office died suddenly last Thursday, Mar. 25, at the age of 64.

Chief Investigator Lawrence J. Festa (at right) stands with Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in this file photo.

Prior to being appointed to the DA’s Detective Bureau, he served as lieutenant of the NYPD Queens District Attorney’s Squad. He was previously a member of the NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau.

“Chief Festa successfully conducted and supervised many difficult and challenging investigations for this office-and he always did so with true professionalism and a diplomatic demeanor that earned him the respect of his peers and subordinates,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement. “We owe Larry a debt of gratitude for his years of service to this office and to the people of Queens County. Larry was a true and trusted friend and colleague. He will be sorely missed.”

Festa was the beloved husband of Patricia, loving father of Kristen and Allison, devoted son of Amy and the late John V. and cherished brother of Dr. Robert S. Festa.

A wake for Festa was held on Monday, Mar. 31, at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home in Garden City, L.I. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Tuesday, Apr. 1, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, West Hempstead, L.I., followed by interment at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, L.I.

Messages of condolence and sympathy may be sent to Family of Chief Larry Festa, c/o Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, 125-01 Queens Blvd., Third Floor, Kew Gardens, NY 11415-1568.

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