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Topic: Craig E. Eastmond Funeral Service
Time: Oct 7, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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The sun set for the final time for Craig Edward Eastmond on Monday September 27th, 2021 at the age of 57. He is predeceased by his mother, Delores Scott, his father, Clarence Eastmond, his grandmother, Lydia Reynolds, his grandfather, Floyd Reynolds, his aunts and uncle, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Eastmond, Evelyn Dill, Gloria Boyce, Thelma Golden, and Ernest Eastmond.
Craig is survived by his former wife, Tania Mason-Eastmond, his two children, Aiden and Amaris Eastmond, his step-father, Will Scott, his brother, Daryl Scott (Diane), his sisters Ntianu Eastmond-Visani (Roberto) and Naima Eastmond and their mother, Barbara "Jeanie" Eastmond, his aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Joyce Reynolds, his cousins Donald J. Reynolds and Deitre Reynolds Dunbar (Michael), cousins Ken Wright (Fabienne), Brian Wright, Debra Brathwaite, Valerie Noel (Carlton), Karen Anderson (Rodney), Karole Dill Barkley (Eric), Thelma Golden (Duro Olowu), Arthur Golden (Maureen Eckert), Kathleen Dill, and Brian Malone.
Craig is lovingly remembered by many other family members, friends, and business associates.
Craig Edward Eastmond was born in Brooklyn Hospital on December 21, 1963 to Clarence Eastmond and Delores Reynolds Eastmond. Clarence was the fifth child and second son born to Lerta and Evans Eastmond from Barbados. The Eastmond family home at 583 Jefferson Avenue was Craig's home throughout his young life, and he was reared between there and his mother Delores' home with husband Will Scott (known affectionately as Scott) in South Ozone Park Queens. Craig was to forever say that he had two fathers because Scott was as pivotal a presence in his life as his other parents.
Craig would probably say that his entrepreneurial fire was truly ignited while working alongside his dad, Will Scott, and mom, Delores Scott, and his uncle, Donald Reynolds, at the family business known as RSD [Reynolds, Scott, Donald] Moving and Storage formerly located in Brooklyn. He offered his expertise to help the family business expand to include Quarters laundromat, RSD Variety Store and multiple residential real estate properties.
Craig attended August Martin High School and had a keen interest in aviation. He was the Administrative Officer of the August Martin Civil Air Patrol Squadron and was scheduled to take his private pilot license test. Craig also attended the UNITE program at Tuskegee (Institute at that time), One of his early dreams was to become a fighter pilot, and he was recruited by the Air Force Academy because of his standardized test scores. However, when he was inspired to join the military, he chose the United States Marine Corp.
Craig served in many roles as a Marine. He was part of the Marine Corp intelligence platoon known as SCAMP. He served sea duty on the USS Saratoga based out of Mayport, Florida. In addition, he was the Heavy Guns Platoon Sergeant Weapons Company 3rd Battalion 4th Marines 6th Marines Regiment out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
When he returned from his military service, Craig attended the City University of New York's Baruch College, finishing in 1993. He also worked for Citibank while in school. From there he shifted to real estate, joining the Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate affiliated with Ernst and Young, and developed considerable expertise in commercial real estate development and finance. He continued to work at Deutsche Bank and Allegiance Capital, describing his experience at the nexus of real estate, finance and capital markets. Craig acquired, underwrote and/or financed over $5 billion of commercial real estate and related transactions.
Craig met Tania Mason while she was in medical school; they later married in Negril Jamaica in 1996. Craig later established his family and had two wonderful children, Amaris & Aiden, and settled in the state of New Jersey. Craig enjoyed life. He would never shy away from a chance at an intellectual conversation about cars, politics, money management, or really just about any topic that came up. However, there was nothing he enjoyed talking about more than the accomplishments of his children and his unconditional love for them. He will be sorely missed by all and may his spirit rest in peace.
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