Antone Britto

Antone Britto, 86 years old, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Antone was born and raised in Providence, a son of the late John and Rufina (Silva) Britto. He lived in Providence all his life. He was the brother of the late Francisco “Chico”, Vincent, Joseph, John, Sylvester, Louise and Bea Britto.  Although he is the last survivor of his brothers and sisters, Antone is survived by several nieces, nephews and very close family friends and his longtime companion, Donna Marie Gomes.  As a young boy he was a member of the Fox Point Boys Club, (which later became the Fox Point Boys & Girls Club). He continued his relationship with the Fox Point Boys & Girls Club by becoming a member of the Alumni Association. He helped support the club by participating in raising funds, organizing trips and getting equipment for the kids attending the Boys and Girls Club.

Antone worked as a dog catcher for the city of Providence and before retiring, he worked for many years on the railroad tracks at Amtrak.  As a young boy Antone became interested in animals, in particular dogs. His knowledge, devotion and dedication for dogs grew into a passion for owning, breeding and participating in dog shows.  He also was a lover of antiques and always enjoyed shopping for antiques.

Antone was the best uncle and father figure one could ask for. He advised, loved and supported his family like only Uncle Tony could do. His laughter, famous sayings (Don’t waste your life, What’s the big deal, You live to die and more recently, Boom, Boom, Boom), would not only make us laugh, but it would resonate within. Thank you Uncle Tony for your love, your commitment to your family, your tender heart and your giving soul.

We will continue to honor the Britto legacy by living our lives to the fullest.

We would love to thank the staff at Steere House, who for the past 4 years have become part of our family.

In lieu of flowers contributions to Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 100 Borden Street, Providence, RI 02903 or The Fox Point Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association, PO Box 14026, East Providence, RI 02914 would be appreciated.

Funeral services will be private.


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Antone Chubby Tavares from tamarac fl. 33321 wrote on April 19, 2021 at 1:35 pm
To the family of Tony Britto we always remember the great guy that Tony was, he thought us all how to swim. May his soul RIP. Chubby Tavares
Michael Moniz from Providence wrote on March 27, 2021 at 6:37 pm
You will be missed love you always in my thoughts you will always be there
Tonya Cabral from Pawtucket wrote on March 24, 2021 at 6:35 am
Johnny, this is very hard. To know you was to have loved you, your kindred spirit, your extended heart. Thank you for everything you've done for my family, although my mom's resting as well, she'd send her thanks as well. It was a huge shock to my ears, as you raised us as kids in the club, may god wrap his arms around you, fill you with nothing but love. Always, the Cabral sisters. Susan Cabral (Deceased) Tonya Cabral & Lucia Caetano.
Kevin Varella Sr from Providence, Ri wrote on March 22, 2021 at 6:49 pm
To the Britto family, Tony in God's hands now.
Lorraine Roderick from East Providence wrote on March 20, 2021 at 4:49 pm
My deepest sympathy to the Britto family for their loss. Tony was the last of a large family and we'll be surely missed by many. He left a lasting impression on everyone that he came in contact with. May he rest in peace and his suffering is now over.
Dennis Delgado from Atlanta wrote on March 20, 2021 at 1:10 pm
I want to extend my condolences to the Britto family and Donna G. on hearing of TB'S passing. What a mentor and genuine good person Tony was to me, my family and the crew of kids he helped raise! The memories, skills and lessons in life will live on TB, Thank-you!
Oliver Cary from Norwich CT wrote on March 20, 2021 at 9:41 am
May Tony Rest In Peace. Much of what I know about training dogs is because of him. Although he has passed on, he will always be remembered.
Rene Fortes from New Jersey wrote on March 19, 2021 at 11:09 pm
My sincere condolences to Donna and the entire Britto family. So sorry for your loss. To this day (decades later) thanks to memorable fun in the sun times with Uncle Tony, I have a basketball, tennis racquet, football, baseball glove, sneaks, flip flops, bathing suits and towels in my trunk. When I say let's go for a ride, my kids jump & we role out no questions asked. Tony spent countless hours teaching me how to play tennis at the Hope High courts. It paid off for me in HS, college and beyond. They would ask "who coached you?" I would proudly say "Tony Britto that's who" To this day on the rare occasion I see a stray dog in the streets, I role down my window and yell "ROsCo go home!" laugh and think of you. Rest in heavenly peace Uncle Tony.
Cheryl Britto from Central Falls wrote on March 19, 2021 at 7:58 pm
Donna Gomes and my Britto family I'm so sorry for your loss, I will send you my strength and prayers I know Uncle Tony will be miss may he rest in paradise.
Inetta Freeman from Clarkton NC wrote on March 19, 2021 at 6:39 pm
My condolences and prayers.
Ron Varella from Hampton, NJ wrote on March 19, 2021 at 5:55 pm
It seems like I knew Tony for my whole life. I was very fortunate to receive one of the dogs from Cobra and Lyl’s second litter. Being with the dogs and running them was a joy I fondly remember today. Everyone who knew Tony misses him greatly. My sincerest condolences to the Britto family and everyone who mourns his loss.
CARLOS GOMES from Charlotte wrote on March 19, 2021 at 12:53 pm
Rest Peacefully My Friend
Paul m Cardoza from Providence wrote on March 19, 2021 at 10:39 am
And one by one we go and so it is Tony has gone but he will be.missed.
Ruth e gonsalves gay from Atlanta Georgia wrote on March 19, 2021 at 8:47 am
A Beachwagon, two pitt bull dogs an driving through Fox Point 2 miles an hour looking at you while your unaware he's riding right behind you "Thats Uncle Tony" we will meet again. I AM Ruth Elaine Gonsalves
Karoline Oliveira from Quaker Hill, CT wrote on March 19, 2021 at 8:00 am
You were Uncle Tony to all of the Oliveira’s. Always a soft voice with a joke or a silly question that made you stop and think. That’s what I will always remember. Uncle Tony you were one of those elders that I was always so happy to see, even as a kid. I never told you that. In fact, I don’t think I ever shared that with anyone. Your humor and kindness were just so inviting. Rest In Peace! Donna, and all of our Britto family, may God give you peace in knowing he is with his parents and siblings. Love to each of you!!! Karol
Anthony Rocha MD from Providence wrote on March 19, 2021 at 7:10 am
A leader in the community and Boys Club, always with a good word and smile. RIP!
Debbie Valles Johnson from Las Vegas wrote on March 19, 2021 at 1:27 am
My sincere condolences to the entire Britto family. May your memories of your Uncle continue to comfort you at this difficult time. Rest in heavenly peace Tony.
Nelson smith from Providence wrote on March 18, 2021 at 9:14 pm
My deepest condolences to the britto family tony was a father figure to many of the people of fox point and every where else to many memories to mention he was one a kind and a great role model to many he will be sadly missed by many rest in peace tony britto 🙏🙏
Rebecca (Gonsalves)Watson from Atlantic City wrote on March 18, 2021 at 4:03 pm
Condolences to the Britto family. I have so many fond memories of Uncle Tony from learning to drive to running dogs in the cemetery to playing tennis etc. I will miss my buddy.
Jacqueline Alves from Cranston wrote on March 18, 2021 at 1:48 pm
So sorry for the Britto family loss. He was another great to us and our children. Thank You and Brother for helping us all to have a better life. Rest Peacefully 💐🙏🏽💗