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Dionne quints' younger brother passes away in North Bay

Oliva Dionne was two years younger than his famous siblings
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The brother of Annette and Cecilia Dionne has passed away.

Born to Elzire and Oliva Dionne, Oliva (Olly) Dionne (1936-2017) passed away at the North Bay Regional Health Centre on Wednesday March 15th at the age of 80.

An obituary posted at Hillside Funeral Services says he is survived by his children Robin (Jane), Bonnie Lynne (Eric Osborne) and Steven (Shawna).

"He will be sadly missed by 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, his siblings Pauline Dionne, Theresa Callaghan, Cecilia Dionne and Annette Dionne.

According to "Oliva Jr. was born in July, 1936, when the quints were two years old. In several magazine clipping I have, Oliva Jr. was said to be named Joseph. It seems like his parents decided to change his name into Oliva Jr. instead. His birth was publicized internationally as part of the continuing fascination with all things related to the Dionne quints. He was very loved, and said to be his dad's favorite. Known as Oliver, he was in the Royal Canadian Air Force and emerged as a tough guy and strict with his kids. Divorced from his first wife, Glenda, with whom he had one daughter and two sons, he later married Lil Corbeil."