Ernest Lee Rainey was born March 26, 1965 in Boston, MA to parents Gennie Eva Rainey and the late Charlie Rufus Rainey. He has a twin sister, Bernice Rainey, and two older siblings, Shirley Jean McDonald and the late Robert Lee Rainey.
Ernie was a man of many talents. He was commissioned by the Mayor of Boston to create a mural on a wall at Peter’s Park (formally Dover Station). He was a rapper who went by many names including Wizard MC and The Wiz. He was a Jeopardy contestant from the couch. He was so amazing with knowing the questions to all of the answers that he could have beat their top and longest player Ken Jennings who won 74 consecutive games in 2004.
Growing up, Ernie and Bernice built clubhouses and forts in their shared room using pillows, sheets, and cardboard boxes. He was an avid sports fan and player. Playing football in the snow with the neighborhood kids and playing basketball at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School from the 9th grade until he graduated. For years he also hosted Fantasy Football tournaments and Super Bowl Sunday parties.
Ernie was also known for his notorious Halloween Parties where Keisha, Shay, Shanda, Naya, Nique, A’shia, and Mauri performed their famous choreographed dances. He loved his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Often hosting wild sleepovers for them which included staying up all night watching movies in the living room.
He was an eager animal lover. Growing up with dogs-Rusty, Trixie, King, Rex, cats-Peek-a-boo, Joker, Moris, and a bird named Sam. As an adult, he cared deeply for the various fish in his personal aquarium which included piranhas, baby sharks, and sucker fish. And over the years, he had many cats of his own- Pookie, Snoop, Jigga, and JZ.
His other passions were making home videos of the neighborhood and the important people in his life and family road trips and drawing his famous stick figure smoking man. Ernie also had a great love for the history and animal planet channels.
Ernie’s favorite job was working in the box office at Fenway Park selling tickets. He was a passionate Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and New England Patriots fan until the end.
Ernie leaves behind his mother Ma, twin sister Bernice, older sister Shirley, daughter A’shia, son Terrell, and step-daughter Shanda. He has four grandchildren- Ze’yon, Jayden, Z’Nyla, and Dallas Jr.- and a host of nieces and nephews