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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Joe Bailey / late James Grennon (PPD) from Providence, R I wrote on January 29, 2021 at 3:02 pm
To the Britto family , please accept our deepest condolences. Johnny was and always will be a great man. He was one of those extraordinary people who we were very fortunate to have known. He loved all the people , especially the children from the area and of course the neighborhood. He took a liking to myself n my partner Jim aka Dunkin Donuts lol , we had a great working relationship with him and he will be deeply missed. May God keep him safe and protected and all of the Britto family as well.
Ron (Snap)Alves from Prov. wrote on January 29, 2021 at 2:18 pm
My condolences to the Britto family ... So sorry for your loss,,, May he rest in paradise...
John and Koreen Vaz Jr. from Prosper TX. wrote on January 29, 2021 at 2:08 pm
Luke 11:33 No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. To the Britto Family: Mr. John Britto was like an uncle to many. He was a Light to thousands of us, especially in our developing years. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Frank Fogarty from Riverside wrote on January 29, 2021 at 1:47 pm
I’m so sorry for your loss mr Britto was a part of my childhood playing baseball and basketball in providence and fox point and when i became a referee i did plenty of games for him What a blessing to have known such a kind and loving man mr Britto was a father figure to hundreds of youth and he will be missed prayers for his soul and for all of the family GOD BLESS 🙏🙏
Lorraine A Roderick from East Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 1:34 pm
To Johnny's family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and to also thank you for sharing him with the community. I have no doubt that he affected the lifes of many young people. My children and grandchildren were the beneficiaries of his positive mentoring. May he rest in peace with Our Lord and his family that predeceased him.
Karen Carvalho Franks from Riverside wrote on January 29, 2021 at 1:31 pm
Extending sincere condolences to the Britto Family. He will be blessed for the many lives he influenced through sports. May he RIP.🙏🏾🕯️
Jim Angell from N.Prov.RI wrote on January 29, 2021 at 1:29 pm
To the entire Britto Family , So sorry for your great loss ,he was a good man who loved young kids like myself and my little brother Jack , always wanting to play basketball inside in great pickup games. I will never forget him, you are all in my prayers and heart. Jim Angell & Family
Lorri Garnett-Jones from Covington, GA wrote on January 29, 2021 at 1:25 pm
Condolences from my family to the Britto & extended Family. What a gentle giant. Rest in Paradise Johnny.
Fatima Carvalho wrote on January 29, 2021 at 12:38 pm
My deepest condolences to the Britto Family. I used to tell Mr. Britto you are the father of Fox Point. He would smile with joy. He cared for every child and every person. Johnny wanted everyone to do well. He was always there to give someone a helping hand. This man was the most peaceful ,loving ,caring person I ever met . Yes! Johnny was a star, a star that shined here on earth. May you shine forever in the kingdom of your Heavenly Father. May we all follow you by your example. He loved Our Lady of the Rosary Church. I will miss seeing him in the left back pew. May Johnny's light shine in each and everyone of us.
The Rev. Joyce T. Thorne from Pawtucket wrote on January 29, 2021 at 12:30 pm
To the Britto family, my sincere condolences to your entire family. John was the epitome when it comes to the welfare of all children. He believed that all children needed to be loved and needed a father figure in their lives. My son, the Ret. Tsgt. Michael G. Thorne was a member of the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club and I thank God that he spent many days there for it helped him become a better man. Thank you Britto family for letting your father be there for many children. My prayers are with all of you. Know that he is resting peacefully in the arms of the Father.
Mike Reed from Cranston wrote on January 29, 2021 at 11:56 am
May he rest in eternal peace...there will certainly be no other who could impact so many lives in a positive way.
Raymond A Lee from Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 11:53 am
Mr Britto was a GREAT,WISE,CARING,INTELLIGENT, COURAGEOUS MAN who cared about everyone he encountered 🙏🏼💯. My heart is hurting for his entire family and for all or us who were lucky enough to have known him💯👊🏽🙏🏼 REST IN POWER JOHN❤️
Margaret and Johnny Santos from CRANSTON wrote on January 29, 2021 at 11:11 am
To Karen and Britto family. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. Johnny was a legend and a super human being to all who came in contact with him. He was a kind, caring ❤ loveable, generous man who gave with all his heart. He helped everyone and shared his wisdom and wit to all. His great sense of humor and story telling will truly be missed. Everyone knows of his love of Fox Point but more than that was his deep love of his dearly beloved Fama and his family. Cherish your memories and remember Johnny's sweet spirit will live on in each of you. Johnny RIP 🙏 and let the perpetual light shine upon you. Give my family hugs from me, especially one of your favorite 🏀 basketball players, Rick Santos...much 💘 love to all.
Kenny Knowles and John Rocha from North Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 10:48 am
Our condolences to all of the Britto family.
Jim Rattigan from Fox point wrote on January 29, 2021 at 10:42 am
Rest In Peace Johnny Britto, a Legend of a man. A “Mount Rushmore “ Fox Pointer. To the entire Britto family peace be with You. We were all Privileged to be able to call Johnny our Friend.
Gilda Boudreau (Camara) from Greene wrote on January 29, 2021 at 10:37 am
Johnny was and will always be the staple of our Fox Point community. His big heart, infectious smile & kind soul made everyone & anyone feel welcomed & safe. I know that he most certainly made an impact in my childhood & adult life. Even after I moved out of Fox Point I remember running into Johnny on Ives St. We talked, we reminisced as if no time had past. Johnny always instilled family & love in anyone that was fortunate enough to have known him. I will forever keep you in my heart & prayers, thank you for seeing the good in me & helping me to believe I could that goodness. I know without a doubt Our Heavenly Father welcomed you home with open arms . You will be forever missed but never forgotten ❤️
Eddie & Alicia Araujo from Rumford wrote on January 29, 2021 at 10:37 am
To all the Britto family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Johnny was a great man, a Treasure in Fox Point. We were so lucky to have a man like him in our lives. May the good Lord bless you all.
Leroy Archibald from North providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 10:35 am
Dear Britto Family, We was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry we are. Sassy Archibald and Family
Rosa Almeida from Pawtucket wrote on January 29, 2021 at 10:13 am
Johnny i will never forget you, may you rest in peace. Condolences to the Britto family love always ❤
Kevin and Nakeya Britto from Brandywine, MD wrote on January 29, 2021 at 10:00 am
My condolences to the Britto Family our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Uncle Johnny is and will always be what Fox Point stood for which is inclusion, family and genuine friendship. Love you all!!