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PAKALNIETIS, Juris “George” of Braintree formerly of Brookline and Brooklyn, NY, passed away peacefully after an 8-month, well-fought, battle with multiple myeloma on September 17, 2018. George was born in Riga, Latvia and immigrated to The United States with his parents and brother in 1950. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended Brooklyn College, where he received a degree in Geology. Later, he continued his education and graduated from Boston University with a degree in Computer Science in 1983. Before retirement, George was a Programmer Analyst for Boston Children’s Hospital, where he worked for 27 years. He also proudly served for 6 years in the New York Army National Guard.

George was incredibly proud of his Latvian heritage and, in 2015, he got to travel to his homeland for the first time since childhood. He was a member of the Latvian Fraternity Gersicania. George loved nature (except for the chipmunks that annually tormented his tomato garden) and he enjoyed many summers sitting on his porch, watching birds by day and the Red Sox by night. In retirement, he especially enjoyed woodworking. An excellent craftsman, his home and the homes of many family members have been enriched by his beautiful work. George’s devotion to his family was unmatched. He was so proud and grateful for the life he had built and he did everything he could to keep his family happy, healthy, and safe. His kindness, generosity, and amazing sense of humor made him everyone’s favorite person.

Beloved husband of Barbara M. (Logan) Pakalnietis and loving father of Brian E. Pakalnietis and Andrew P. Pakalnietis, both of South Boston. Dear son of the late Paul and Alvine (Tormanis) Pakalnietis. Son-in-law of Barbara Logan. Brother-in-law of Edward Logan, Patricia Logan, Janet Logan, Carol Logan, Kevin Lohan, and Louis Slaughter. Uncle of Paul and Maija Pakalnietis and Ellen Lohan. He was predeceased by his brother John Pakalnietis and aunt Tilla Tormanis.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Thursday in the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree MA 02184, from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon immediately followed by a service at 12 Noon. Burial will take place in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree MA 02184. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in George’s memory to support Multiple Myeloma research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, or via

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