Andre Reynolds “Prince” Woods was born on October 15, 1958 in Queens General Hospital in Jamaica, Queens, New York to Genell Walker Woods and the late Andrew Rudolph Woods. He transitioned on July 15, 2021.
Andre was born into a family of entrepreneurs that migrated from the South to Jamaica Queens. In the 50’s his grandmother owned a toy store and a beauty parlor, an uncle owned a variety store which he worked in, another uncle owned a cab stand and his father owned a real estate business. This exposed him to an especially strong work ethic.
Growing up where music was part of the household – his father played saxophone and flute – his mother played the piano, was a dancer and is an artist. This led him to play the saxophone at an early age and planted the seed that led to his life long love of music. Prince had a strong passion for R & B music from the late 60’s and 70’s – at any moment you would hear him humming or singing a song and knowing all of the lyrics. He was a musicologist.
Growing up he played a variety of sports - baseball, basketball and football. Through these activities he has maintained lifelong friends – especially THE DEAD END BOYS. Prince had a vivacious personality. One of his attributes was his ability to develop relationships with many different people. His laugh and smile is something you will never forget.
Andre attended Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York and was on the varsity basketball team. During his high school years he began searching for a cultural and spiritual identity and discovered the Nation of Gods and Earths [5 Percent Nation] – thus he was given the name “Prince”. Often times you could find Prince and the Gods on the block discussing social, health and cultural issues.
He worked for the United States Postal Service for over 20 years where he was affectionately called “Prince the mailman” and retired. He also worked for the New York City Transit Authority for a short period of time. He was a man of many trades.
Prince met Vanessa La-Asia Moore at the East Elmhurst Corona Park Jam. They became a couple and out of this union Princess Niqua Nature Woods was born. Princess is a true Daddy’s girl. He was her confidant, taught her many important life lessons and was supportive in every way possible. His grandchildren loving called him “Pee Pa” and he adored them!
Weep not for me though I am gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul's sweet flight
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life.
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