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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Kristine Duarte from Baton Rouge wrote on January 28, 2021 at 1:18 pm
My Condolences to the Britto Family on the loss of such an HONORABLE MAN.
Borges Family from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 1:14 pm
To the entire Britto Family, Our deepest most heartfelt condolences! There are no words to express how much Johnny has meant to our family. He was our coach, our boss, our mentor, a surrogate father at times, but most importantly he was our friend. We have years and years of wonderful memories, joy and laughter that will never be far from our thoughts. It is our hope that during this difficult time you are able to find comfort in the wonderful memories that you all have created together. We thank you for sharing him with us and we send our love and thoughts your way! Rest in Peace Johnny, we love you and we will miss you so much!❤
CARL F. PATTERSON from EAST PROVIDENCE wrote on January 28, 2021 at 1:06 pm
TO THE BRITTO FAMILY, GOD REST HIS SOUL AND R.I.P.!!!
David Borts wrote on January 28, 2021 at 1:04 pm
My condolences to the Britto familyl He was always there supporting soccer and kids in "The Point" My friends and I looked forward every year(back in the day) to the summer Gano Street League and Championships. Johnny left his mark on thousands of kids and young adults in our City and State. He will be missed. There are so few like him in our modern "me first" world RIP
Robert carew jr. from East prov.r.i wrote on January 28, 2021 at 12:13 pm
My condolences goes out to the britto family.john was a good man all his life rembering him reffering pick up games at the boys club.if u were fouled u was fould no questions asked lol may he R.I.P
Angel and Sheila sanchez from Warwick RI wrote on January 28, 2021 at 11:36 am
Our sincerest sympathy goes out 2 the Britto Family (Jonny, Karen, Tony, Donna and all of his children, grandchildren and loving Brother Tony). His Family is actually endless. Anyone who knew him was his family and he will be missed by all. What a BEAUTIFUL man. God Bless.
Wilson and McIntosh Family from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 11:20 am
Sending our love and support to the Britto family, his loved ones, friends, and members of the Fox Point and Cape Verdean communities. May comfort and strength find you all during this time! With love - W&M
Alexandra from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 11:07 am
Sending my Love and Condolences to the Britto family. Love Always The Contreras’
Jim and Judy Phillips from RUMFORD wrote on January 28, 2021 at 10:13 am
Robert and Danielle, May his memory be a blessing. Prayers for your family.
Naomi Jacks Brown from Providence wrote on January 28, 2021 at 9:58 am
Sending my condolences and prayers to the Britto Family
Marc Rosario from Providence,Fox Point wrote on January 28, 2021 at 9:52 am
Johnny, thank you for being in my life,I will see you on the other side!!!