Caribbean community mourns strong leader
By Sharon Gordon
The Caribbean community in New York was thrust into mourning early Thursday morning, December 27 following news of the sudden death of Jamaican -born Eion Ashmore Saunders, producer and founder of ZYNC TV.
Saunders was born in Clarendon, Jamaica on August 14, 1965, but migrated to the US as a teen with his mother, Lois, sister Sandee and his brother Wayne.
He is remembered by close friends as ‘the consummate gentleman’. “Eion was beloved a son, a brother, an uncle and a friend. All who knew Eion, knew his calm and gentle personality.
Eion’s smile and humble spirit remain with all those who knew him.” In the US, Saunders enrolled in Samuel J. Tilden High School and after graduation served in the US Marine Corp for 2 years.
He then attended Brooklyn College, where he majored in Liberal Arts and Pre Med. While at Brooklyn College, Eion became vice president of Student Government and president of the Caribbean Students Union.
Upon graduation, Eion started his own graphic arts business, Graphic Arts Ink, where he played a pivotal role in the entertainment scene in New York’s Caribbean community.
A tribute to the late community leader outlines that; “Eion’s creative genius was parlayed via various mediums from the average entertainment and advertising flier and poster to editing various documents including books, programs, magazines.
Eion has designed and edited many journals for numerous occasions throughout the New York tri-state community. Saunders and college friends, Shaun Walsh and Richie Rich formed Whats Up TV, an entertainment platform which targetted the Caribbean community in New York.
The program was carried by Caribbean International Network (CIN) on Sundays and was among the most popular program in its timeslot. Saunders and Richie Rich later formed ZYNC TV, a half hour lifestyle program which showcased Caribbean nationals and movers and shakers in the Caribbean community.
With the success of ZYNC TV, Saunders travelled to various Caribbean islands where his team covered festivals, pageants and other events. Friends and colleagues say he remained loyal to the Caribbean community and always sought to uplift the profile of his beloved Caribbean people and Caribbean culture.
He leaves wife, Ceejay, his four daughters, Sheneil, Kai, Jadeion, Krispin; his sister Sandee; his brother Wayne; his nephews, Ian, Tyler, Tannon, Taron and niece Tattiana. Funeral details were not available at press time.