“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Surrounded by family, Albert died peacefully in his home on October 16, 2021, in Bakersfield,


Albert Ricardo Prince also affectionately known as “Al” was born June 14, 1956 in Long

Island, NY. His parents were the late Caesar Napoleon Prince and Mary Ruth Prince. He was

the second born child. During his early childhood he lived in many cities due to his father being

in the Air Force. This included a stay in Bitburg, Germany which he often spoke of fond

memories of playing in the snow and learning the native language. When he was 12 years old,

his mother Mary passed away causing the family to move to Sumter, SC, his fathers hometown.

In Sumter, he attended the local schools and graduated from Sumter High in 1974. He went on

to graduate from Morris College with a degree in Business Administration. He would often

mention that he finished in 3 years and 2 summers.

In the early 1980s, after graduating Morris, he decided to venture out to Bakersfield, CA.

In 1986 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, he met the love of his life Brenda Toliver, and her

two children, Marvin and Jennifer. On February 20, 1988, the two would marry and from that

union four children were born; Elyse, Alan, Spenser and Sebastian.

During his time in Bakersfield, Albert was an accomplished businessman. In 1988, he

founded Prince Insurance Agency and operated for over 25 years. Along with being an affluent

businessman, Albert was very involved in his community. He became the first chairman of the

Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce, and he was a chairperson for the City of Bakersfield

Redevelopment Agency board for 8 over years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Past Master

of the San Joaquin Lodge #11. He was also one of the founding owners of the Bakersfield Jam

NBA D-League Basketball Team. In 2012, he started the Valley Small Business and

Construction Report where he sent out a weekly newsletter to over 5,000 subscribers, held

expos and workshops to assist small business owners. He was also very involved at St. John

Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Tyree Toliver. There he served on the

Deacon and Trustee boards. Albert also was very active in the Jr. and Sr. brotherhoods (he was

a brotherhood man). He taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and Baptist Training

Union. Albert enjoyed mentoring the next generation and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Albert Prince was truly one of a kind. He loved traveling, shopping and enjoying life with

his wife and family. If you knew him well, you know he would frequently visit his favorite city, Las

Vegas, NV. You could never have a conversation with him without learning something or getting

some type of encouragement.

His children remember him as being an amazing father, provider, role model,

entrepreneur and he taught them to strive for the best in everything. He loved his extended

family and had a special bond with his siblings; Albert was truly a family man.

His legacy will never be forgotten and his impact will live in our hearts forever. He was

preceded in death by his wife of twenty-eight years, Brenda Prince, his parents Ceasar and

Mary Ruth Prince as well as his sister Pamela Prince. He leaves to cherish his memories, his

children, Marvin Davis, Jennifer Luchien (Timithy), Elyse Prince, Alan Prince (Brittany), Spenser

Prince, and Sebastian Prince. He also leaves his siblings, Cecelia Lee, Frederick Prince

(Stephanie), and Steve Bradford (Cassondra).His grandchildren; Christian Holden, Cai Holden,

Vanessa Luchien ,Taililly Luchien, Maiya Luchien, Jalen Luchien, and Michael Prince. A host of

nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A special thank you to all of his doctors and nurses at

Fresenius Kidney Care and a special thank you to David Toliver Jr..