Lifelong Salem resident and North Shore basketball officiating legend Larry McIntire died Monday at age 85. (Item File Photo)

North Shore officiating legend Larry McIntire dies at age 85

The North Shore lost another legendary sports figure this week, as Salem officiating legend Larry McIntire died at the age of 85 Monday morning. An iconic local figure who dedicated more than 40 years to local high school basketball officiating, McIntire -- a lifelong Salem resident -- leaves behind a legacy of telling it like it is, caring for local sports and always championing his officials.

“The real legacy of Larry McIntire is the vast number of officials who he gave their first opportunity,” said Paul Halloran, who started working with McIntire back in 1993 when he got his first officiating job. “He had as much of an influence on officiating and the game of basketball as anyone else. He loved his officials, and he was always in their corner.”

“Larry was an unbelievable guy, a tremendous official and a great mentor to many,” said Bob Mullins, who has known McIntire for over 30 years and has worked with him as both an official and an assignor. “He wa…

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