John V. Britto

John V. Britto, 87, of Schofield Street, Fox Point, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at the Phillip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the husband of the late Eufemia “Fama” (Brito) Britto.

Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joao and Rufina (Silva) Britto. Mr. Britto was the Athletic Director at the Fox Point Boys & Girls Club before retiring. He also worked as a Longshoreman for many years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Through out his life, Mr. Britto always had a love for sports. He played short term for the Harlem Globetrotters, until an injury prevented him from playing any further, and also played on the New York Yankees farm team. In the early 1990’s the neighborhood basketball courts were named in his honor.  He received numerous awards some including, Community Hero, Jefferson Award, Basketball Hall of Fame, Mr. Boys & Girls Club, Urban League and the Key to Success. Of all the awards that he received, the most recent and meaningful was a proclamation from the City of Providence that will soon rename our street to “Britto Way” in honor of both of our parents. He credits so much to his beautiful wife, Fama. He was a member of the Fox Point Point Boys & Girls Club Alumni, a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church and also attended the March on Washington. Mr. Britto was a friend and huge fan of Frank Sinatra. When Mr. Sinatra came to town, he would give tickets to his performance to our father. Out of all the accolades that he received during his life there was nothing more important to him than his faith and his family.

He leaves five children with his wife, John Britto, Anthony Britto and his wife Stacey, Donna Silva and her husband Francis, Karen Britto, Robert Britto and his wife Danielle and the late Denise “Dee Dee” Britto, he also leaves four additional children, Beth Thomas, Rodney Perry, Taylor Britto and Mindy Britto, one brother, Antone Britto and ten grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Francisco “Chico” Britto, Vincent Britto, Joseph Britto, Sylvester Britto, Mary Britto and Louisa Britto.

Given the state of the current pandemic, funeral services will be private. The funeral Mass can be viewed via Facebook Live on the “Our Lady of the Rosary Church” Facebook page. At the conclusion of the funeral service you are welcome to follow the family to the cemetery, drive past the chapel and safely pay your respects from your vehicles. If you plan on doing so, please be at Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM. In addition to staying in your vehicles we ask that you not congregate with guests outside of your own vehicle and that there is a constant flow of entering and exiting the cemetery.


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Tonya Cabral from Pawtucket wrote on February 18, 2021 at 10:02 am
Johnny and family, I just heard of your passing today, you are a legend in my book, always will be. Your generosity went so far in life, my family will forever be grateful to you, we were a very poor family living just adjacent to the boys and girls club, you didn't charge us as kids, you knew how poor our mom was and couldn't afford to go to the club. You fed us lunches when we were hungry, you talked to us with kindness, led us in the right direction, nevertheless you were strict with us giving us the necessary steps to make in life. Im proud to say, I became a bailsbondsman, a former Paralegal, went on to bigger and better things in my life. You'll forever be missed, today is a sad day, learning of your passing. May god wrap his arms around you as you enter eternal life. My condolences are with you and your family. With Love, The Cabral family, Fox Point, will never be the same. Tonya.
LeRoy Rose Jr & family from Lincoln wrote on February 7, 2021 at 7:55 am
Our deepest sympathies to the Britto family. He certainly will be remembered as an icon that helped and mentored so many In Fox Point. May he rest in peace.
Norma Anderson from Providence wrote on February 5, 2021 at 8:56 am
It takes a village to raise 3 teen aged sons, and Johnny Britto was one of the greatest leaders of young men and women in Fox Point. His influence leading the teams was a great help. I will thank him forever for his generosity to all the people of Fox Point.
Tony from Ramos to wrote on February 3, 2021 at 7:52 pm
I have fond memories of your farther and mother. My sincere condolences along with my wife. Cousin Tony.
Dennis Delgado & Family from Atlanta, GA. wrote on February 2, 2021 at 3:46 pm
My deepest sympathies to John, Anthony, Donna, Karen & Robert, I was sad to hear of Johnny Britto’s passing! He was like the Godfather to many generations of Fox Pointers and Providence Cape Verde’s, his influence and impact will live on. Many years ago I was visiting NY parked in front of the Apollo theater and a New Yorker seen the RI tag and asked if I knew Johnny Britto which started a good conversation. Britto Family I hope you find peace with the happy memories shared with your father. RIP Johnny Britto, a life well lived!
David Santos from Apple Valley wrote on February 2, 2021 at 3:33 pm
My favorite memory of Johnny was his walk off half-court hook shot at the old Fox Point boys club on power Street and South Main where we all learned to play 🏀. Rest In Peace JB
Robert Gonsalves from Upper Marlboro, MD wrote on February 2, 2021 at 1:13 pm
Sending my deepest condolences to the Entire Britto Family during this difficult time. A Cape Verdean Legend! Rest in peace Johnny Britto...
Lisa from Providence wrote on February 2, 2021 at 12:58 am
To all the Britto family, please accept my most sincerest Condolences for your loss. It is a loss of an entire Community of all of us who knew Him. His Shoes can never be filled. Be assured of my prayers for your family during these trying times. Eternal rest unto Him Oh Lord, and may the perpetual light shine upon him and may the souls and all the souls of the faithful Departed through the Mercy of God rest in Peace. Amen.
Jerri Fontes & Ivan Parker from Riverview Florida wrote on February 1, 2021 at 10:47 pm
Ivan & I would like to send our Deepest Condolences to the Britto Family..Johnny was & always will be a great honorable man..he made fox Point what it is Today..Rest in Peace..🙏
Al Resendes from Pawtucket wrote on February 1, 2021 at 5:31 pm
The most influential man I met in my life, heart of gold. He cared about everyone connected all cities together one love Johnny rest in paradise. Condolences to the family
Mr Joseph Curry & Mrs Dre’a Curry from Centreville, VA wrote on February 1, 2021 at 3:39 pm
My condolences to the Britto family. Pray that the Lord comforts your hearts during this time. Johnny and Fama was good friends with my mom Dottie Sena. Genuinely great people. God bless.
Erma Lopes from ProvidenceT wrote on February 1, 2021 at 2:48 pm
To the family: You have my deepest sympathy. Johnny was a great friend to me. He will be missed. God Bless
Zelia Tavares from Providence wrote on February 1, 2021 at 10:54 am
Dear Britto Family, My deepest condolences to you. He was a wonderful man. He always said hello to me before the 8:45 a.m. mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. May he Rest In Peace.
Christine Watkins from Seekonk wrote on February 1, 2021 at 6:46 am
Dear Britto Family, Our deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. Wishing you courage, comfort, peace and all the LOVE you need in the days to come. With Sympathy, The Watkins Family
Renee m walker from North Providence wrote on January 31, 2021 at 10:43 pm
My deepest condolences to the entire Britto family. Johnny was such a great man and mentor to me. He was an early advocate for girls/women's basketball and a constant champion for all if us who's lives he touched. I will always cherish our games of H-O-R-S-E shooting only hook shots. He was a giant who never be replaced or forgotten. ❤🏀
Lori Pinheiro from Rumford wrote on January 31, 2021 at 7:03 pm
My sincere condolences to all who loved this amazing man! God bless you Mr Britto and thank you for helping so many kids in Fox Point and all over and being a great role model for all. May you rest so peacefully and give your loved ones strength.
Barbara Jean Williams (Griffin) wrote on January 31, 2021 at 11:16 am
My Condolences to the family ❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾 What a positive impact on a lot of people! He was a good friend to my mother Anna & grandmother Nouquina. LOVED by all RIP ❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾💐
Danet Beasley from Camp Springs, MD wrote on January 31, 2021 at 4:11 am
To the Britto Family. My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear dad. I never had the pleasure of personally meeting him but anytime I was in someone's company that knew him they always had a good "Johnny Britto" story. Your dad's legacy will live on through those who knew and loved him. Celebrate his death as you celebrated his life. Keep his memories close to your heart and he will always be with you. The Beasley family from the East Side.
Robert L. Bailey V from Providence wrote on January 30, 2021 at 10:34 pm
The Bailey family extends our heartfelt condolences to the Britto family. Mr. Britto had left an incredible legacy...His family!!!! Rest In Peace Mr. Britto
Lorraine G Meade from Inglewood, CA wrote on January 30, 2021 at 9:58 pm
Thank you Johnny Britto for always being there for all of us, all the kids loved you. They respected you and you protected us all. It was always a blast to be in your presence to hear the stories you told and the great advice that you gave for us to take on our journey. The memories will last forever. I will miss you but I will never forget you. Peace to the family and all the friends. RIP