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Andrew Bernard Stroud

Also Known As: "Andy"
Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax, Virginia, USA
Death: July 14, 2012 (86)
Skyview Nursing Home, New York, Bronx, New York, United States
Place of Burial: New York, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Earnest Edward Stroud and Sallie Ann Stroud
Husband of <private> Stroud (Paradies)
Ex-husband of Isabella Stroud and Nina Simone
Father of Celeste Denise Stroud; <private> Stroud; <private> Stroud; <private> Kelly (Stroud) and <private> Kelly (Stroud)
Brother of Elijah G. Stroud and Esther Stroud

Occupation: Police lieutenant, musician, manager, private investigator
Managed by: Private User
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About Andrew Bernard Stroud

From The Riverdale Press - Andrew Stroud was lieutenant and manager to Nina Simone Posted 7/25/12

Andrew “Andy” B. Stroud, longtime resident of Skyview, died on July 14 at the Schervier Nursing Care Center in Riverdale. He was 86. 

Born on a family farm in Virginia, Mr. Stroud is the seventh of eight children and the fifth son of a fifth son. In 1926, Mr. Stroud’s family moved to Hudson, N.Y., where he grew up during the Great Depression, working odd jobs before and after school to help support his family, according to wife Scarlett Stroud.

In June 1942, at age 16, Mr. Stroud’s father took him to get a summer job at a government warehouse construction site in Schenectady, N.Y. Mr. Stroud remained in Schenectady on his own and continued his music studies in the local high school, focusing on trumpet. In order to support himself, he was also a member of a student dance band.

Mr. Stroud graduated in June 1944 and was drafted the following month. He entered the U.S. Navy and trained at the Great Lakes training facility where he was assigned to the drum and bugle corps. He was then transferred to one of the navy bands assigned to the Naval Airfields in Pensacola, Fla.

Honorably discharged in 1946, Mr. Stroud moved to New York City where he played trumpet on an album recording and at the Apollo Theater with singer Lil’ Green. He also performed with various bands including the Mercer Ellington band at the Savoy Ballroom for two weeks and one-nighters in the New York area with the Louis Russell band, according to Ms. Stroud.

On July 1, 1948, Mr. Stroud joined the New York City Police Department as a uniformed patrolman in Harlem. He was promoted to detective in 1951 for outstanding arrests and promoted to Supervising Detective-Sergeant in 1957. He passed the Lieutenant exam while attending the NYPD Science Program at City College and earned 23 citations for apprehension of major criminals.

In 1955, Mr. Stroud married Bella Alonzo; they had three children, Celeste (died at 18 months), Andrew Jr. and Renaldo. They were divorced in 1961.  

In March of 1961, Mr. Stroud was introduced to singer Nina Simone; they were married on December 4, 1961 and on September 12, 1962, became parents of daughter Lisa Celeste, according to Ms. Stroud.  

In February 1963, Mr. Stroud resigned from the NYPD, just four months short of being promoted to lieutenant, to assume management of Nina’s career. He arranged for a very successful concert tour of colleges during the 1960s, as well as her first international tour in 1965 which resulted in her becoming an international success. They divorced in 1970.  In July 1970, Mr. Stroud met his current wife, Scarlett Paradies.   

In 1974, Mr. Stroud joined a consortium to rebuild the Howard Theater in Washington D.C., the counterpart to the Apollo Theater in New York. Mr. Stroud was selected president of the group, which obtained a government grant to underwrite the restoration of the famed theater which reopened in the spring of 1975 with The Redd Foxx Show.

In 1976, Andy obtained a New York State Private Investigator’s license and within two years established a very successful investigation agency with his wife Scarlett, Ms. Stroud said. They retired in 2001 and began to spend their winters in St. Thomas.  

In retirement, Mr. Stroud wrote a photo book, Nina Simone: Black Is the Color, depicting their family life together. He also produced a DVD Nina Simone College Concerts & Interviews as well as a number of CDs.

“Andy Stroud was a forceful and authentic figure in life who is dearly loved and will be missed. His light will shine forever in our hearts,” his wife, Scarlett Stroud, wrote.

Andrew B. Stroud is survived by his wife of 42 years, Scarlett, his sons Andrew Jr., Renaldo; daughter Lisa Celeste; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild; nieces Lydia Morris and Joyce E. Stroud; and nephew Jerry Stroud.

Services were held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem on July 19.

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Andrew Bernard Stroud's Timeline

July 1926
Halifax, Halifax, Virginia, USA
July 14, 2012
Age 86
New York, Bronx, New York, United States
July 19, 2012
Age 86
New York, New York, USA