OLD TOWN – Ernest James McIninch Sr., 83, died June 22, 2004, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was born April 21, 1921, in Old Town, the son of George and Irene (McAuliffe) McIninch. Ernest was a past Post Commander and QuarterMaster of the VFW Post No. 3381 of Old Town. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 75 of Old Town. He was a Tail Gunner in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II serving in the South Pacific. He served once again in the Pacific for the Air Force, during the Korean War. Many will remember him as Smiling Ernie the head guitarist in his country music band called “Country Ramblers.” He retired from the University of Maryland after several years of faithful service. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Betty (LaBree) McIninch of Maryland; their two children, Barbara Love and Ronald McIninch, both of Virginia; one grandson, Aaron Matthew McIninch; and one predeceased son, Ernest J. McIninch Jr. Ernest’s second marriage took place in Connecticut to Marion Peichert and six children; and her numerous grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, George McIninch and Donald McIninch; two sisters, Marjorie Migausky and Beatrice Cyr; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his son he was predeceased by his second wife, Marion (Peichert) McIninch in 1998; one brother, Vernon McIninch. A graveside service will be held in New Britain, Conn. Gifts in his memory may be sent to Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith, Old Town Chapel.