Nolan Ross Fine, 60, former NBA referee

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Nolan Ross Fine

Nolan Ross Fine

Nolan Ross Fine, 60, passed away Saturday, Sept. 3 in Virginia Beach.

Nolan was born in Norfolk, Va. to Sonya and Barry Fine. He graduated from Maury High School prior to attending Tulane University in New Orleans, La. His passion for golf and basketball came to light at a young age. He rose through the ranks as a basketball referee, being the youngest referee ever to officiate the final game of the NCAA Tournament, prior to a sixteen-year career with the National Basketball Association. He was also an avid art collector.

Nolan was predeceased by his father, Barry Fine. He is survived by his mother, Sonya Fine, his brother, Mitchell and sister-in-law Peggy Fine; daughters, Blair Fine and Jennifer Fine Shaw, and her husband, Ryan Shaw, granddaughter Gabrielle Shaw; nieces Stacie Fine Wilson and Morgan Fine Zell, and her husband Ryan Zell, and great-nephew Micah Zell.

A private burial will be held in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Humane Association or to the charity of your choice. Condolence calls may be made at the home of Jennifer and Ryan Shaw from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com.

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