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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Kevin Diggins from East Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 9:58 am
To The Britto family .my family and I knew Johnny as a FoxPointer .We send our deepest condolences to you . Johnny RIP we love you.
Monteiro/ Rose from Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 9:34 am
Our dearest sympathies to the entire Britto family, from the Monteiro/ Rose family. You are all in our hearts at this time of grief and always. Please find comfort in all the love and support you have throughout your extended family and entire Fox Point community. We love you Forever Johnny. Rest in Eternal Peace!
Al Mello III from The Villages,FL. wrote on January 29, 2021 at 8:17 am
My Condolences to each and every member of the BRITTO FAMILY. Thank you for sharing such a great member of that generation of FOX POINT MEN that raised the bar so high for us to look up to when growing up in the POINT. May God Bless.
Diane Oliveira from Providence wrote on January 29, 2021 at 7:37 am
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Forest E. Witcraft. My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Johnny! May he rest in enteral peace. His shoes can never be filled.
Fatima Carvalho wrote on January 29, 2021 at 7:27 am
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. Jonny 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!Jonny 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 Jonny's light shine in each and everyone of us.
Kimberly Perry from Gastonia NC wrote on January 29, 2021 at 6:49 am
My heartfelt condolences to the Britto family. My mother loved working with Johnny at the Boys Club for many years. Johnny will always live on in our hearts and in Fox Point. God bless you Johnny, please give my mom a hug.
donna t richard from WARWICK wrote on January 29, 2021 at 6:42 am
May he rest in peace.He was wonderful Man.Now he will fly high with his beautiful wife.We have two beautiful angels.
Lori Silvia from Johnston wrote on January 29, 2021 at 6:30 am
Condolences sent to the Britto family and to all those who loved Johnny. His spirit will live on in all of us that were touched by this great man. Rest easy, Johnny. Until we meet again. . .
Antonio Barros from Fox Point wrote on January 29, 2021 at 6:02 am
Johnny...your memory will continue to live in our thoughts and heart forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of celebration and grieving of your beautiful life. Fama and you can keep dancing while watching over the Britto Family and the Fox Point family....Amen🙏
Cornel and Amerencia Young from Apopka wrote on January 29, 2021 at 3:03 am
Sincerest sympathy to the entire family. May God’s Love surround you all with strength and peace. Cherish the wonderful memories you all shared together as a family. May he Rest in Heavenly Peace.
Manuel Fortes from Bowie MD wrote on January 29, 2021 at 2:20 am
Sending our deepest condolences and prayers of comfort. Johnny rest in peace. we love you . Mr and Mrs Manuel Fortes ( John John )
Cheryl Britto Washington and Glenn Washington from Owings Mills MD wrote on January 29, 2021 at 1:44 am
Loved you uncle Johnny!
Nytasha Watson from Fox Point wrote on January 29, 2021 at 1:24 am
I sure will always remember how much you mean to me, and the love and respect I have for you. You were the one who gave me my first pink bike that sat in the showcase, from winning a raffle. I appreciate the Divine GrandFather figure you were to my siblings, cousins and I. Growing up at Fox Point boys and girls club felt like home, because you were there! You just made a way where ever you were. You’ve left a legacy. Continue to live it up now in Heaven. ♥️✊🏽 Forever Johnny! ♥️💗
Lorana Reposa from Jamestown wrote on January 29, 2021 at 12:43 am
My dearest Karen, Bobby, Marcus, Breana and the entire. Britto family. Anrhony and I send you our deepest sympathies and condolences. Our prayers and love are with you during this difficult journey.
Heather Almedia from Fox Point wrote on January 28, 2021 at 10:18 pm
RIP you banana. You will always be in my heart. 😪My deepest condolences to the Britto family. May Jehovah give you comfort during this time of grief❤❤❤.
Charles HollidayI from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 9:55 pm
Johnny Britto was a GIANT in Providence RI. He Kept the peace without many knowing. I always thought he had way more pull then any politician and he didn't need money to get things done. The Boys & Girls Club was the Club because of Johnny and the many that went there or worked there like me have fond memories of JB. I'd like to know who would wanna step up and try to fill his shoes because you better have really big feet. Im just saying it would be pleasure to see a statue placed outside of FOX POINT B&GC in honor of his leagacy.
Sherri Williams from East Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 9:49 pm
My heartfelt condolences to the Britto family during this difficult time. May he peacefully rest in paradise.
Joanna Mary (Varela) from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 9:34 pm
May God’s love surround you John Britto, and may the Holy Spirit console your children and family. Love, Joanna
Debra Greene Rutledge & Norris Rutledge from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 9:02 pm
To all the Britto family Norris & I send our deepest condolences.. your Father was the epitome of a gentleman & frontier.. you all be proud what a Dad what a Man.. with humility.. God bless
Karlos Skip LaSane from Las Vegas, Nevada wrote on January 28, 2021 at 8:51 pm
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the entire Britto family. Johnny Britto was without question, the Lion of Fox Point, Providence, R. I. Thank you for everything sir! Rest in Power Johnny🙏🏽💔