John Farrell’s wife Sue Farrell was the daughter of a US Air Force general and was born in in Portugal. She was a 1983 graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she met her future husband. John and Sue reside in Westlake, Ohio during the offseason but Boston is their current in-season home – where they will remain for at least another week while John Farrell’s Red Sox compete for their third World Series title in 10 years.
John Farrell’s move back to Boston, while obviously great for him and the Red Sox, was also a boon for Sue Farrel, as it allowed her to return to the site of her business. Sue is one of three co-owners of L’attitude Fanueil Hall, a boutique shop where “women of all ages, shapes and sizes could find the latest trends in both clothing and accessories”.
Sue Farrell she encouraged her sons to pursue things outside of baseball, taking them to plays and concerts as children. Her attempts didn’t go far enough however, as all three Farrell boys took to baseball and were drafted into MLB. Shane Farrell drafted by the Blue Jays in 2011, Luke Farrell was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and Jeremy Farrell was drafted by the Pirates in 2008.
John Farrell’s wife Sue is very religious – something she relied upon heavily when their son Luke Farrell needed surgery to remove a large tumor from his neck. Luke awoke from the surgery and, since he couldn’t speak, motioned for a piece of paper and wrote, “Lying in the hands of God,”, underneath two hands interlaced. Sue eventually had this drawing made into a necklace that she gave to each member of the family, to always remember.