George Stuart Wishart was born on 22 April 1900 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the eldest of four children of George Stuart Wishart, a butcher from Quebec, and his wife, Mary Frances Wolfe. Often known by his middle name, George worked as a machinist after leaving school and was living at 418 Grand Street in Brooklyn when he enlisted on 22 December 1917. He spent almost a year serving as a landsman for an electrician (radio) with the United States Naval Reserve at the Naval Training Camp in Pelham Bay Park, New York.
On 15 January 1919, George was demobilised from the Fleet Supply Base and returned to Brooklyn where he took up his old job; however, it wasn’t long before he followed his father into the meat industry and by 1925 had become the manager of his own butcher’s shop. On 17 September 1922, he married the daughter of a German teacher named Frances Zeininger in Queens with a son born two years later.
By 1930 the Wisharts had moved to Huntington in Suffolk County where George became the manager of the nearby Country Life Frozen Foods plant at Westbury. In the early 1950s, the couple moved to the Wilton Manors district of Fort Lauderdale, Florida where George died on 24 August 1982. He was known to his friends as “the old pro.”