“As our world opens up and our communities can reunite, we couldn’t be more grateful to host this Fox Point gathering in partnership with our wonderful Fox Point Alumni Association. When John Britto passed away earlier this year, our City lost a giant. We’re thankful to join the Britto family, community members and my colleagues in government to give Mr. Britto the honor and recognition that he deserves after a lifetime of community service,” stated Councilman John Goncalves.
In October of 2020, Councilman Goncalves and the Providence City Council passed a resolution designating the intersection of Ives Street and Wickenden Street as “Britto Way.” This designation is in honor of John “Johnny” Britto and Eufemia “Fama” Britto, two lifelong Fox Point residents and pillars of their community.
“While he was an icon to many, he was simply Daddy to me. Celebrating the life work that he and my Mother put into Fox Point is something my family holds to the heart. We will honor and miss them for the rest of our physical lives, but know we’ll be in great company when we join them and countless other Fox Pointers in our own Fox Point section of Heaven,” remarked John Britto Jr.
“Johnny Britto and his family are Fox Point,” stated Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos. “His role in the community, and his years of service at the Boys and Girls Club in the neighborhood touched the lives of thousands of young people. His loss was not just a loss for the community but for the State of Rhode Island. This dedication is a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to so many.”
Mrs. Britto worked as a staff member for Providence Schools and passed away in April of 2012. Mr. Britto, the long-time athletic director for the Fox Point Boys & Girls Club sadly passed away in January of 2021. Together they had six children and ten grandchildren through their 57 years of marriage.
“My Grandfather never lived outside of Fox Point and never desired to. Alongside my Grandmother, he raised not only his own children and grandchildren, but generations of youth inside and outside the walls of the Fox Point Boy’s & Girl’s Club. Their legacy lives on in many of us and today’s dedication is a testament to their commitment to our community. Collectively, it’s our responsibility to keep it alive,” stated Bobby Britto-Oliveira.
“When my beautiful mother passed, I still had my loving father. I cherished all of our quality time together, and those are now memories that I'll forever hold onto. Honor your mother and father! To the individual that once said, "thanks for sharing" I say, "you are welcome,” remarked Johnny’s daughter, Karen Britto.
Saturday’s events will also include a community block party featuring the unveiling of the Britto Way street signs and a mural dedicated to John Britto designed by AGONZA, along with summer family-friendly fun and games including food, an ice cream truck, music and more.
“Honestly, this is an honor to have been able to paint Johnny. Learning more and more about him as I was on the wall makes me feel special. Especially engaging with the families and youth in the neighborhood. Again I want to thank the family for letting me do this and keeping his honor through my Art on this wall,” stated Providence artist AGONZA.
“ ‘I don’t know, but I play the lottery, and I play it to win the big money. If I ever won $100 million bucks, I would bring my people back to Fox Point.’ These are Johnny’s words. Thank you, Councilman Goncalves and the City of Providence, for ‘bringing back’ this living history commemoration of Johnny Britto and the Boys and Girls Club,” added Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins, PhD.
Additionally, Morgan Thomas, granddaughter of Fox Point expressed, “Today, we honor my Grandfather. The rock of Fox Point. There is no better way to thank you for all you did over the years not just for the family but for the community. Hold your Grandparents close and cherish every moment with them! You will be missed by everyone you ever crossed paths with and as a unit we will keep your legacy alive.”
“I was blessed to have both grandparents that I will forever be grateful for. I am so thankful for our many years of wonderful memories. Grandpa, you have done so much for the community and your legacy will continue to live on forever. Thank you for all you have done. Your spirit will live on in each one of us forever,” added Breana Dos Santos.
Special thanks to Roger Amaral, President of the Fox Point Alumni Association and all of its members for making the event a success.
Outdoor dining and local food vendors including PVDonuts, Noodles 102, Aleppo Sweets, Chomp, Kow Kow, and Tallulah's Taqueria will be open for visitors to enjoy after the Block Party which will be from noon-3 PM.
“The enthusiasm and sense of kinship surrounding this community event goes to show the profound impact that the Brittos had on our City. I am so glad to see this well deserved recognition for my late parents and for my family,” shared Anthony “Tor Tor” Britto.