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.ย  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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Paul Cardoza from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 8:37 pm
My sincere condolences to the Britto family.
Robert. Butch Baptista and family from Rumford wrote on January 28, 2021 at 8:34 pm
So sorry for you lose, grew up in fox point and alway will remember The legend John Britto
Edward & Diane L. Williams from Seekonk,Mass. wrote on January 28, 2021 at 8:23 pm
A kind caring man,a friend to all God bless you RIP,my prayers go out to your family!๐Ÿ’˜
Robert Turner from East Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 8:20 pm
R.I.P. Mr.Britto when God made you he made one hell of a man I take solace knowing that as one of God's Angels you will be watching over all that had the pleasure of knowing you ๐Ÿ™
Victor Pacheco-Silva from New York wrote on January 28, 2021 at 8:18 pm
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the loving, compassionate, kind, caring, Britto family. Thank you with every being of my heart and soul for sharing him with the families of FOX POINT! I LOVED him like a FATHER and i ALWAYS will! He will FOREVER be LOVED, FOREVER be MISSED! THANK YOU to the GOAT- HUMAN BEING I'VE EVER KNOWN! I LOVE YOU FOREVER! REST IN HEAVENLY PEACE!
Bella Machado Noka from Charlestown wrote on January 28, 2021 at 8:06 pm
Linda Garnetto and Family from Jacksonville wrote on January 28, 2021 at 7:56 pm
My condolences to the Britto Family. Mr Britto will be missed and remembered.
Lisa Britto from Cranston wrote on January 28, 2021 at 7:34 pm
Uncle Johnny James & I will always keep you close in our hearts. We love you. May you rest peacefully. Now you are with Auntie Fama and all your other brothers & sisters that went before you and Mafina. We will miss you so so much. โค๏ธโค๏ธ
Matthew Harris from Cranston R.I. wrote on January 28, 2021 at 7:19 pm
My deepest condolences, too the Britto family, as he rest in his peaceful slumber home. May John rest in peace. He leaves a place in everyone's heart that he's touched.
Nancy from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 7:19 pm
Rest peacefully in Paradise
Linda Delgado from Fox Point wrote on January 28, 2021 at 6:55 pm
OMG. Johnny Britto, the MAYOR of Fox Point has earned his wings. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Rest easy my Friend, until we meet again. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’œ Sincere Condolences from my Family to yours. Sooo Sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories. LuvUz, my Fox Point Family ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’œ
Mark A. Mancinho from Seekonk wrote on January 28, 2021 at 6:45 pm
My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the entire Britto family. JB was a selfless treasure to those of us that grew up in Fox Point. He will always be in our hearts and minds and I am grateful to have known him. God Bless!
Phyllis Pacheco from Romford, RI wrote on January 28, 2021 at 6:43 pm
To all the Britto family, we have a long history together, many memories in our friendships. Your father and I worked together for many years, always with Fox Point in our heart, for the betterment of our community. We had many laughs, good times through the years always wanting the best for our kids, encouraging them to persue their dreams and to reach for the stars. May he be at peace and bring all those wonderful attributes to his home in heaven. Love to you all.Phyllis Pacheco
Stephanie from East Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 6:13 pm
Im so sorry for your loss ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜” Every time I go to church I see him right next to me and i always say Hi to him. His a really sweet guy that I met him. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ญ
Joe Wilson from North Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 6:12 pm
R.I.P JOHNNY rest peacefully great man and great leader .... ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ
Corey Santos (Bento) from East providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 5:59 pm
Diana from East Providence R.I wrote on January 28, 2021 at 5:52 pm
My Condolences to Britto family R.I.P Johnny
Pamela M. Guidry from North Providence, RI wrote on January 28, 2021 at 5:48 pm
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Britto while working for The Boys and Girls club many years ago, what a great man very friendly and out going. My Condolences to his Family may you RIP ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
Joe Andrade from Maitland wrote on January 28, 2021 at 5:35 pm
My condolences to the Britto family. Not enough words to describe this giant of a man. May he rip
Kyle Ivey-Jones from Pawtucket wrote on January 28, 2021 at 5:31 pm
My sincere condolences to the Britto family. His legacy lives on in all the wonderful memories you have. Mr. Britto you will be deeply missed rest peacefully my friend.