A member of the military salutes the flag draped casket of the late media personality and Army Veteran, Eion Saunders, on Jan. 7, 2013. (Roland Hyde Photo)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 11, 2013: Dozens of Caribbean American community leaders and media personnel packed a Brooklyn Church on Monday, Jan. 7th to say goodbye to one of their own.
Eion “Dreadless Ras” Saunders, the Jamaican-born producer of the independent TV show, Zync TV/New York Linkz, was laid to rest following an inspiring and at times celebratory service at the Kings Highway United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, NY. His flag-draped casket was later taken to the Pinelawn Cemetery in Long Island, NY, where he was interned following a salute and home going flag ceremony from two members of the U.S. Military and a drum salute by Menes De Griot.
Saunders was 47 and died of a heart attack at a Brooklyn Hospital on Dec. 27th, 2012. The Maypen, Jamaica-born native became widely known in New York City and across the Caribbean, after moving into television from graphic design, on the Caribbean platform, CIN with Whatz Up TV. He then branched out on his own as Zync TV.
Mrs. Saunders received the folded American flag from an officer of the U.S. military on Jan. 7, 2013 in Long Island, NY. (Roland Hyde image)
A U.S. Army veteran and alumnus of Brooklyn College, Saunders moved on to airing on Tempo TV after his show was canned, along with several others from the Diaspora including Whatz Up and Caribbean Lifestyle TV, by Stephen Hill, of CIN.
Zync TV/New York Linkz aired every Friday from 7 p.m. on Cablevision Ch. 1105 in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania and throughout the Caribbean. The television magazine styled show focused on news and entertainment within, the Caribbean Diaspora.
For his work, Saunders received many awards of recognition, including from the Caribbean American Outreach Association (NY), Jampact; Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Councilmember Jumaane Williams and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
The show’s many contributors included Catchcha Fyah, Coral King, Richie Rich, DJ Noah, DJ Hypeness, Shermain Jeremy, Keishel Williams, Donna Mason and Courtney “Mr. Mention” Mitchell.
Saunders also moonlighted as a graphic designer, working on several projects, including the Hard Beat Communications More Magic Solutions campaign.
On Monday, he was remembered not just for his work, but for his love of his children and family. “You were my ‘Super Mr. Mom,” his second daughter Kai wrote in a love letter to “daddy” while his eldest daughter Sheneil said her father always told her to “shine bright like a diamond.”
Mrs. Saunders bids final adieu to her husband on Jan. 7, 2013 at the Pinelawn Cemetery in Long Island, NY. (Roland Hyde Photo)
He is survived by his wife, CeeJay; children – Sheneil, 20; Kai, 14; Jadeion, 12, and Krispin, 7; mother – Lois Thompson, father – Annon Saunders, sister – Sandee Saunders, brother – Courtney Saunders and his wife Karen; nephews – Ian, Tyler, Tannon, and Taron and niece – Tattiana.
Donations to an education fund established for his surviving children are being urged. Make donations payable to Eion Saunders c/o Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Inc., 1199 Ocean Avenue, Suite 407, Brooklyn, New York 11230.