ROANOKE, Va. – One of the Star City’s brightest is still shining even after his death.
The Roanoke community is honoring the life of longtime business owner, swimming coach and father Louis Tudor.
His family said he took his own life this week after struggling with mental health issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“He was a mentor, a coach; he was an all-around family man, incredible hard worker, so devoted to anything he did,” said Louis Tudor’s daughter, Hannah Tudor.
Whether it was coaching swim lessons or running the longtime downtown staple “Tudors Biscuit World,” which closed its doors in 2012, Tudor left a long-lasting impression on so many.
“He had a certain virility and passion that was so causal in his life, like running his restaurant and everything he did, he made it seem so simple and you almost don’t realize how amazing it was until it’s not there anymore,” said Louis Tudor’s son, Shane Tudor.
Louis Tudor’s family said he started having mental health issues around the beginning of the pandemic. As more outlets for him were taken away, he started to struggle more.
“He never struggled with this; he never had these underlying feelings...just the last couple of months took a toll on him and just from someone who never had those problems or that disease, just having it all of the sudden, it is such a disease and we just wanted to bring to light that there should never be a stigma about it,” Hannah Tudor said.