SAUGUS - Mr. George Wishneusky, age 103, died peacefully on Sunday, July 7th at his home with his daughters present. He was the husband of the late Marjorie (Vatcher) Wishneusky; and the son of the late Kasimir and Agatha Wishneusky. He leaves two loving daughters, Ellen Flaherty and her husband Paul of East Falmouth, Carol Stalker and her husband Douglas of New York and 3 beloved grandchildren; Daniel, Eric and Tasha. He was predeceased by two brothers; Victor and Julian “Joe” Wishneusky, and one sister; Helen Doucette. He also leaves several devoted nephews, nieces and cousins.
George, a lifelong resident of Saugus was born and raised on the Daisy Dairy Farm. After graduating from high school, he studied auto mechanics and aviation. On March 13, 1941 he enlisted in the Army; and on the 23rd of January 1942 his unit was one of the first World War II American Army units to be deployed to the Pacific. He returned home in May 1945 and was honorably discharged a month later. While raising his daughters with Marjorie, he worked as a mechanic at McGinn Bus Company of Lynn, then Avco Corporation of Wilmington, and also studied Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University. He retired from his job as a model maker at the former Polaroid Corporation in 1981.
Throughout his long life, George was always busy, tinkering in the yard or working on projects in the home. From the tiniest watch to the largest bulldozer, there wasn’t anything he could not fix. He was well known in his professional career and personal life as an inventor. He designed and built a beautiful home for his family. He also designed and built an instrument that enabled the first human powered aircraft to fly across the English Channel in 1979. The Gossamer Albatross aircraft and George’s altimeter are on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved to travel with his family or simply sit quietly and enjoy his daily cup of tea with honey.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., SAUGUS on Thursday at noon. Visitation prior to service, 11 a.m. - noon. An interment service will be held on Monday, July 15th at 1 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus.
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