Joseph Farrell

September 27, 1935March 12, 2013

FARRELL, Joseph Christopher, died March 12, 2013. He was born on September 27, 1935 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ellen and Joseph Farrell, and his brother, William John Farrell. He is survived by his wife, Susan Bradley; his three sons, Christopher, Michael and John of Idaho; his sister Eileen F. McCarthy and her husband John H. “Jack” McCarthy of Boston, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his stepchildren, R. Timothy “Trip” Tepper III and Jane Kristen Tepper; two grandchildren; and three cherished nieces and two nephews.

Joe graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Electronic Engineering and Harvard, where he received an MBA. He volunteered for the U. S. Navy and was selected for nuclear power training where he qualified to operate nuclear power plants and submarines. His naval career elevated him to Lieutenant Commander of the U.S.S. Pollock which was awarded a Navy Citation for its contribution to antisubmarine warfare during the Cold War years. Joe was also awarded a personal Navy Citation during his service on the U.S.S. Pollock.

He joined Freeport-McMoRan Corporation and developed new copper and nickel mines in Indonesia and Australia. He returned to the U. S. in 1975 as Assistant to the Chairman and was elected President, Freeport Gold Company, in 1978. Following the development of Freeport Gold, he joined The Pittston Company (now The Brink’s Company) as Senior vice President in 1984. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1986, President and Chief Operating Officer in 1990, and was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1991. He retired from the Pittston Company in 1998.

Joe served on the Boards of Universal Corporation and ASA Limited. He served as President of the Board of Trustees of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering Foundation and Rector of the Board of Visitors of James Madison University, President of the Board of the Foundation for the Preservation of Virginia’s Executive Mansion, Chairman of the Science Museum of Virginia Board of Trustees, member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, the Board of the Virginia Capitol Foundation and Chairman of the Operations Committee of the Richmond Performing Arts Center.

Joe enjoyed sports, especially golf. He shared his love of the game with his Richmond golf buddies known as the “Wizards” and the “Knockers.” He was a world traveler, an avid reader and a “numbers cruncher.”

Services will be held at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Monroe Park, on Monday, March 18, at 12 Noon. Parking will be available in the Parking Deck located at 801West Main Street. Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery, 412 S. Cherry Street, Richmond, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Massey Cancer Center, P. O. Box 843042, Richmond, Virginia 23286-0441; Pancreatic Center Research, c/o Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, Dr. Ramesh Ramanathan, 10001 N. 92nd Street, #121, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258; or the charity of your choice. Online condolences at


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Bob Noel

February 15, 2014

I have just learned of Joe's death and am very saddened by his passing. I had the pleasure of being associated with him at Freeport Minerals Company, Freeport Queensland Nickel, Inc., Freeport Gold Company and Pittston Coal Company. He was a mentor and a person I admired very much. As was the case with so many others, he taught me a great deal - all of which have served me well over the years. I am glad to have known him and to have been associated with him. The world has lost one of its best financial and analytical minds. My deepest sympathy to his family. I shall pray for God to bless his soul.

Robert W. Noel, Jr., CPA, CGMA
Executive Vice President & CFO
R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc.
New Orleans, LA

Virginia Bradley

March 26, 2013

Dear Sue, Trip & Kristen,
My hear is broken for the loss of your dearest Joe. He was a wonderful husband who made you the happiest I've ever seen you. A great brother in law and a friend to many worldwide. My condolences also to his sister Eileen and his sons. Thank you Joe for your service to our country and all you've done for downtown Richmond. I will surely miss your humor and wit! Love, Virginia

March 18, 2013

Bruce & Carla Gregory

Chaplain Ray Fritz

March 18, 2013

Our condolences to Susan and all of LCDR Farrell's family, friends and loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers that God will give you peace, comfort you and heal your broken hearts. We are grateful for Joseph's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. He served with distinction as an officer aboard the USS Pollock SSN-603 as a LCDR. To our "Brother of the Dolphin" ... "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace." -- Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

March 18, 2013

My dear Sue:
My deepest sympathies in Joe's death. May your heart be filled with beautiful memories of the many joyful times you celebrated together. I hope that you know that I am one of your angels who will be there to support you through your grief.
Lots of love,

Betsey Beale

March 18, 2013

my deepest thoughts,sympathy,and prayers are with you sue and your family-fondly,Betsey Beale

Robin & Dean Doherty

March 18, 2013

Our family will never forget Joe Farrell. We loved his wit and sense of humor but most of all his love for our sister. Joe changed her life, brought fun and adventure to her life and showed her the world. Thank you for your timed served to this country and to the Commonwealth of Virginia. You will be missed but never forgotten.

Keith Post

March 17, 2013

While I did not have the honor of knowing or serving with Mr. Farrell, he is a navy and submarine brother. Thank you for your service to your country sir, and now sailor you have eternal fair winds and following seas. We send our condolences to his family.

Keith F. Post, Executive Director
St. Marys Submarine Museum
St. Marys, GA 31558

March 16, 2013

Joe was a dear friend of ours and we have many memories of times we spent together in Australia and Elco, Nevada . Our sympathy to Chris,Michael, and
John. Ginny and. Swede Carlson

19 north castlegreen
The Woodlands,Tx 77381

March 16, 2013

To Sue, I am deeply saddened to learn of Joe's passing. Although I am unable to attend the funeral services Monday, you will be in my prayers. Thank you for the many happy years you brought to and shared with Joe.

To Christopher, Michael and John, whom I have not seen since Elko, Nevada, take care of each other and may God bless and guide you.

I first met Joe in the late 1970s at Freeport Kaolin. I began working for him in 1980 at Freeport Gold, then at Pittston Coal, and lastly, at BAX Global until his retirement in 1998. As I look back on those eighteen years, I can say it was a privilege to work for Joe. He taught me so many things. He supported me, challenged me and entertained me. I still have and use the financial calculator he encouraged me to purchase in 1980. He was truly a numbers man. A day on the job with Joe may take you in a direction you never planned but it would never be dull. It is an understatement to say Joe had a tremendous influence in my life -- only second to my father.

Again, it is with a sad heart that I write these words. May God be with you, comfort you and hold you in His loving arms.

Mike and Jan Odom