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Gordon Prince

Gordon Prince

Saturday, September 21st, 1935 - Saturday, June 29th, 2019
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Gordon Prince, longtime resident of Detroit, passed away June 29, 2019, due to complications from leg surgery. He was 83 years of age.

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.

For more information on the “Prince of Promotion,” please feel free to visit the website adampwhite.com/westgrandblog/soulful-gordon.

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.
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    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Great Lakes National Cemetery
    Address
    4200 Belford Rd.
    HOLLY, MI 48442
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Posted at 07:17am
In memory of the Prince of Promotion, whose commitment to the music and people of Motown was unfailing. It was a privilege to know you, Gordon.
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Gene Scurti

Posted at 06:29pm
I'm very sorry to read of Gordon's passing. Gordon was instrumental in bringing me into the Motown family as his assistant. I will always be grateful for the opportunity he provided me and have very fond memories of him. I was hoping to reconnect with him in September at the anniversary events.
My thoughts and prayers are with Gordon, his family and friends during this difficult time.

Gene Scurti
 

Angell Wolber Posted at 06:19pm

Thank you Gene. He had fond memories of you too! Thank you for the kind words. Hope you are well! Angell Prince Wolber
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Our deepest condolences from Andrew, Stephanie, Luke, and Clara.
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