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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Antone Chubby Tavares from tamarac wrote on January 30, 2021 at 6:54 pm
To the family of Johnny Britto, I glad that we got to see him last year, when we performed a show in Winsockket RI. Johnny was our mentor as little boys at Fox Point Boys club then, it didn't become a boys and girls until years later. We were the Fox Point boys club's famous group ever. Johnny will always be our mentor. May he RIP. Chubby Tavares
Michele Holland from East Providence, RI wrote on January 30, 2021 at 4:43 pm
Prayers and condolences to all the Britto family.....on the passing of Johnny.....May he rest in eternal peace Love, the Lima - Holland Family Ginny Mauricio, , Michele Holland, Roberta and Bobby Holland, Danielle Holland
Tiger from Fox point wrote on January 30, 2021 at 4:34 pm
To the Britto family I’m so sorry for your loss. Just remember that John lives on in every life he touched. Who’s better than you J B?? “NOBODY” Live in our hearts and lives forever.🏀❤️💙
Thomas Burke from Hanover wrote on January 30, 2021 at 2:56 pm
Bob- So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Blessings and prayers to you and your whole family. Tom
Marc A Britto from Grayson GA wrote on January 30, 2021 at 1:59 pm
To my Britto family, Uncle Johnny was my coach, my uncle and for every young person that entered his gym he was their uncle too! John, Tony, Donna, Karen, Robert, and his grandchildren! You all have my deepest condolences. He will be truly missed. Love your cousin: Marc A Britto
Kevin Varella Sr from Providence, Ri wrote on January 30, 2021 at 11:10 am
My heart goes out to the Britto family ,Johnny was an Amazing Man is it true he taught meadowlark lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters how to shoot the Hook🏀 shot😇, Now you are in God's hands 🙏🏾.
Theresa McCauley from Providence wrote on January 30, 2021 at 9:56 am
Rest in Peace My heart and prayers are with the family may you find comfort and joy thinking about all the positive things he has accomplished in life and all the hearts he touched he will truly be missed.
Marie Speaks (Poppy) and Family from Providence, RI wrote on January 30, 2021 at 12:52 am
To the Britto Family, At this difficult time in your life, we pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this. Sincere Condolences.
Taneia Britto wrote on January 29, 2021 at 11:34 pm
My deepest condolences to the Britto family and to those he positively impacted. May you find strength and comfort during this time.
Michael hardy from Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 10:55 pm
Thank you for the fatherly love you gave to all of use young east siders. Most of all thank u for believing n me....R.I.P. coach
Belinda Wilkerson from Fayetteville, NC wrote on January 29, 2021 at 9:25 pm
Praying for God's peace and comfort for the family now and in the coming days and months. 🙏🏾
Cryst Ramos from Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 7:54 pm
My sincere condolences to my Britto family at this time of sadness in saying goodbye. There are so many wonderful, heartfelt comments here honoring the memory of Uncle Johnny, indeed a life well lived, a legacy that will be remembered generations to come. Rest in peace, Uncle Johnny. Love, Crystal
Jacqueline Alves from Cranston wrote on January 29, 2021 at 7:25 pm
Johnnie B you looked out for Us and our kids when we were old enough to have kids and treated all the same and just wanted the BEST for ALL Thank You Rest Peacefully 💐✌🏾✊🏾🙏🏽💗
LeRoy Rose family from .East Providence, RI wrote on January 29, 2021 at 6:36 pm
Our condolences to the Britto family.
Dorothy Monteiro McCollough from Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 6:28 pm
To the Britto Family. Rest in Peace, Johnny you did your best for all of us. You will always be remembered...That I am sure. My condolences to your lovely family .
Barbara Monteiro Butler from Pawtucket wrote on January 29, 2021 at 5:51 pm
My sincere sympathies to the Britto family. He was the pillar of the Fox Point community and will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace as he joins his Fama.
Denise LopezT from Providence, Rhode Island wrote on January 29, 2021 at 4:28 pm
Words cannot express my heartfelt feelings in regards to the passing of Uncle Johnnie. I had the pleasure of working side by side with him at The Fox Point Boys and Girls Club, and learned a lot about the games room from him and the tournaments with the other clubs. He will truly be missed. For the family, CHERISH THOSE FOND MEMORIES. Heaven has gained an Icon. May The Lord Bless each and every one of you. God Bless!!
David Santos from Apple Valley wrote on January 29, 2021 at 3:56 pm
I pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit for the Britto family. Faith first family second. God bless you all and may He give you peace.
Dennis and Jean Warner from Seekonk wrote on January 29, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Our condolences to the Britto family. Rest in peace, Johnny.🌹
Leann B. clary from Hampton Va wrote on January 29, 2021 at 3:19 pm
To my Britto family, I will truly miss Uncle Johnny. My prayers go out to all his children and to his Brother Tony. May he Rest In Peace until we see him again. Your Niece Leann Clary