Welcome to Tudor House:
Suicide Prevention, Education and Support
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Our Vision and Mission
Tudor House: Suicide Prevention, Education and Support
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 part of therapy.
In addition to his service as a volunteer swim 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 it worse. Louis lost his battle with mental illness, and took his own life on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
The Tudor Family wants to use this tragedy to shed light on the seriousness of mental illness, and the lack of community resources. Tudor House will be a place where people in the valley can go to feel safe and get support for grief and loss as well as access to suicide prevention. This foundation is being started to ensure that no family will have to go through this alone, helping provide navigation during difficult times.
Who We Are and What We Do
Tudor House will be a place where people can get support, and have access to suicide prevention and education. We strive to improve the lives of everyone who needs help within the community with the prevention of loss. We are currently in the fundraising part of our development, and we are not yet able to service clients at this time.
"If it is mention-able, it is manageable, " Mr. Rogers.
July 16, 2020
Roanoke family working through grief to create ‘Tudor House’
A Roanoke family is grieving the loss of a beloved man, who had so many titles.“It’s been two weeks and it feels like it’s been two long nights,” said Jessica Tudor, the wife of Louis Tudor. Louis died by suicide earlier this month. Louis was a businessman. You may remember him behind the counter at Tudor’s Biscuit World. He owned the restaurant from 1985-2012.
By Ashley Boles
July 16, 2020
Family works to create ‘Tudor House,’ honoring longtime Roanoke businessman, coach
Family and friends of a longtime Roanoke businessman are working to honor his legacy. Two weeks ago, Louis Tudor took his own life after dealing with mental health issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. His wife, Jessica, said hundreds of people have reached out her family asking how to help.
July 17, 2020
Family to establish grief and prevention foundation in memory of Louis Tudor
Louis Tudor’s family wants to help others who are grieving the same way they are. Tudor’s wife, Jessica, and his four adult children are setting up a foundation called Tudor House, which the family says will be a place to help grief-stricken people and offer suicide prevention services.
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