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Forum staff reports, Published May 02 2013

Longtime area official, ShareHouse CEO Bill Lopez dies

FARGO – Bill Lopez, a former area basketball referee, died Thursday at his home. He was 57.

Lopez was president and CEO of ShareHouse, a nonprofit organization that provides chemical dependency treatment services. He also was president of the Red River Valley Officials Association.

Lopez was a longtime official of area basketball games. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer in January 2012.

Lopez was described as highly respected in the officiating world prior to a benefit for him earlier this year.

β€œHe always enjoyed the interactions with the kids and the schools,” Jeremy Carney, who worked games with Lopez for more than 10 years, said earlier this year.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo.