Gordon Prince, longtime resident of Detroit, passed away June 29, 2019, due to complications from leg surgery. He was 83 years of age.
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Music was always a part of the Prince household. He was born on Sept. 21, 1935 in New York City, where his father was a songwriter. The house was always filled with artists. The Prince family moved to Detroit where his father founded Prince Aviation Company out of City Airport. Gordon learned how to fly before he could drive, but the music never stopped. After serving proudly with the US Marines, Gordon got his first job in the music industry with Decca Records. He then met the love of his life Kaye at JK Record Distributors. He later moved his family, (Kaye, Angell and Starr) to Chicago when he accepted a position with Mercury Records. In 1963, he was invited on a fishing trip with Berry Gordy, Jr., where he was offered a position with Motown records. He accepted and for the next 10 years was instrumental in the growth and success of the Motown brand. He rose to National Director of Sales and Promotion and moved with the company to California in 1973. He then left Motown and returned to the Motor City where he and Barney Ales opened their own record label, Prodigal Records. A few years later, Motown bought their company and Gordon returned to Motown. Later, with Detroit always in his blood, he spent the rest of his working years as owner/operator of several record distributorships. Many friends have called him a mentor, a man of integrity, and a Prince of a man.
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Gordon is the beloved husband of the late Kathleen; cherished father of Angell (Paul) Wolber and Starr (Mark) Richards; dearest grandfather of Kathleen and Karleigh Wolber and Christopher and Ryan Richards; dear son of the late Graham and Flossie (Russell) Prince; and loving brother of Graham Prince, William (Jane) Prince and the late Mary Ann Brummer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be addressed to the Motown Museum in his memory.
He will be honored at Great Lakes National Cemetery of Holly Michigan on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.