Raised on a farm at Wichmore, Eion attended Allentown Primary School and Ashburton College. Upon leaving school Eion worked for a number of years with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries before training as a registered Funeral Director.
Eion has served at district and national level on the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand. He is currently National President of FDANZ and is in his second term of office. Eion holds qualifications from Lincoln and Massey Universities and Weltec Polytechnic in Wellington.
Eion is also a past trustee of the Funeral Service Training Trust who have the responsibility of being the ITO overseeing the training of funeral directors and embalmers in New Zealand.
Twice Past-president of Rotary in South Canterbury, Eion has also served as a High School Board of Trustee and is currently chair of Directors for Salisbury Park Crematorium in South Canterbury and a Director of Flaxton Park Crematorium in Rangiora.