Louis Tudor was a coach, biscuit-man, athlete, and above all, a beloved brother, father, and husband.
In 1985, Louis opened Tudors Biscuit World in Downtown Roanoke, VA. This quickly became a Roanoke staple. After deciding to close in 2012, Lou shifted his focus to starting the City Swim Barracudas, a swim team designed for inner-city children in Roanoke. While coaching different swim teams, Lou also gave back to his community by volunteering with clients from the Rescue Mission, who used swim as a part of therapy.
In addition to his service as a volunteer and coach, Louis was also a dedicated husband and father of four. Family was always his first love. He was most at peace while fishing with his kids or paddle boarding in the ocean.
With the onset of Covid-19, Louis began struggling with declining mental health. Being shut away from the water and his former life pre-pandemic, it only made things worse. As his wife Jessica would say, “it was the perfect storm.” Unfortunately, Louis lost his battle with mental illness, and took his own life on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
The Tudor family is working with community organizations in order to establish a
grief, loss and prevention center in the Roanoke Valley. This program will be a
safe place for people to visit when looking for wellness and support after a loss.
This house will also be a place of prevention, to shed light on mental illness as a disease, and help others understand that their is no shame around losing a loved one to suicide.
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