Monday, January 10, 2022
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel
2120 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
and for one hour prior at the church.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
11:00 AM EST
Westview Christian Reformed Church
2929 Leonard St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
The Noah Tudor Scholarship Fund
or mail to: The Noah Tudor Hawk Hockey Scholarship Fund, 4151 Remembrance Road, Walker, MI 49534.
Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.
Life Story / Obituary
There wasn’t anyone quite like Noah Tudor, especially in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Smart as a whip, learning came easy to him. Although school itself was never something that really interested him, he was always adamant that there was no need to turn in homework if he could do good on the tests. If it was something he cared deeply about; family, friends, cars, video games, girls, or music, his passion for them was endless! From his earliest years he walked and talked well before his time, and was selfless to a fault. If Noah let you into his inner circle, he could talk and talk for hours. He had a selfless heart and always put the ones he truly loved before himself. Although our time with Noah was all too brief, we must remember his fun, kind-hearted spirit along with his sarcastic jokes and the tremendous impact he made in the lives of anyone who came to know him. Deeply missed, he will be remembered with joy.
Noah’s story began on Sunday, March 9, 2003. The son of Eddie Tudor and Nicole McFarlane, he brought much happiness to their lives as they welcomed their bundle of baby boy, Noah Jacob Tudor into their arms. Even though they were quite young, Eddie and Nicole made a commitment to do their all for their son. Above all, love surrounded young Noah not only through his parents, but by the love and support of their loving families. Although their relationship eventually came to an end, Nicole worked hard to finish school and went on to further her education by becoming a registered nurse so she could give Noah the life she felt he deserved. Eddie supported his family through his carpentry skills, later building it into a thriving business. They did the best they could as young parents to co-parent and raise Noah to be a kind-hearted person. The ultimate goal was to make sure he felt loved at all times.
No one could deny Noah was a momma’s boy as he was always by her side as a baby and young child. He made sure to write her songs and notes to just say he loved her. Even when Noah got older and moved out, he would text and call frequently telling his mom several stories about life and what his next plans would be. Those plans may have changed weekly, but he always had big plans for his future. He would always tell her he was okay just to make sure she never worried about him. He couldn’t stand to see anyone he loved sad.
In 2004, Noah’s father met Jessica and eventually married in 2009. Noah then welcomed his first sibling, Katherine into his heart. They shared a special bond being the first siblings together. Later came two more siblings, Kennedy and Max. By 2009, Noah acquired the love of his stepfather, Marcus along with several more siblings down the road, Elijah, Madilynn, Bella and later, his foster brother, Ty. Kennedy and Elijah’s own love of hockey came from being dragged along to all of Noah’s games and tournaments, and they always looked up to Noah. Noah was an amazing big brother to all his siblings, even though he would be the first to admit they all could be annoying. As a family, Noah went on several vacations, enjoyed family getaways to Disney World in Florida, yearly camping trips to Leisure Lake, trips to Great Wolf Lodge, one of many drives to Kentucky to see his cousins, and carrying on the family tradition of visiting Beaver Island. Sometimes the blended families even vacationed together.
In his youth, Noah loved to sing, rap, break-dance, do magic tricks and find any way to make others laugh. Like most youngsters, Noah tried his hand at several sports and different hobbies but hockey seemed to be the one that grabbed his attention he most. Whether it be the actual sport of hockey he loved or his camaraderie of being part of a team, he truly loved his time on the ice with his team. Many times he was too smart for his own good, but to Noah, it was all in the “mindset”. Learning came easy for him, but he just had not come to appreciate it or his potential quite yet. Noah was a storyteller and a wonderful magician who entertained family and friends alike with his magic tricks, quick wit, sense of humor and uncanny ways. He could be found walking around doing card or magic tricks for a few bucks while at a local restaurant or sports bar with family!
Noah, for the most part attended Kenowa Hills Public Schools. In his earlier years he attended several parochial schools but he was most comfortable at Kenowa Hills. He kept his small group of friends close, especially his best friend and cousin, Teigan. Noah and Teigan formed a special bond early on due to being six months apart in age and pretty much growing up like brothers; this bond continued in the years that followed. At Kenowa Hills, Noah was well liked and admired by his teachers and coaches. He was on the Kenowa Hills Hockey Team and also proudly served as one of the best Knight mascots they ever had! He was a member of Hawk Hockey in Walker in his younger years. Although Noah’s room could never be kept clean or organized, he kept his cars in pristine condition. He liked going to car shows and even belonged to a car club at one time.
Noah’s first job was at Altitude but he also worked alongside his father in the carpentry trade at Tudor Custom Carpentry and helped his Grandma Jenny clean pools. Noah loved music and when not working or in school, he liked to write music which he used as an outlet for himself. Listening to music, especially his favorite rap songs about the pain and obstacles of life was in Noah’s blood. He sometimes enjoyed singing karaoke with family whenever he could. Noah also loved playing video games in his free time. When it came to food, Noah liked junk food and anything he could pop into the microwave, like pizza rolls! He always told his siblings he invented the famous snack food drawer which as really his excuse to eat junk instead of a meal. His favorite birthday treat was his Aunt Alisa’s cheesecake. When he began living on his own he got into cooking a little more but usually enjoyed grilling a tasty steak.
He had a few memorable quirks, like twirling his hair when contemplating a thought, or on the nervous side, telling the same jokes over and over, or saying, “Wait” . . .” before he said anything brought to mind a bright idea, a thought he had to share or just simply putting his two-cents worth in about something! While working at Walmart for a brief time a little over a year ago, Noah met his girlfriend, Molly. He absolutely loved her and her baby girl, Stella, and treated her as his own. Life for him was all about Stella and Molly and with much hope in his heart for a promising future. Noah possessed a heart of gold which knew no bounds and he loved others more than he loved himself. Throughout his life he struggled with his mental health but kept on fighting. Instead of worrying about himself, he would worry about others. He was a natural protector of other’s hearts. He would never stand up for himself but if he loved you, he’d move mountains to make sure to stand up for the ones he loved. Just last month when Noah was fighting his own demons, instead of asking for help, he called his mom just to ask if she was okay. That was just who Noah was.
Noah wore his heart on his sleeve and he loved hard in all he did. He had a tender, fragile heart; too fragile for this world he lived in. His kindness and caring towards others knew no bounds. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. His sincerity was forthright, and he never hesitated in letting those important to him know how he felt about them. He was always concerned about those he loved, and it would truly sadden him to know how many are missing him and hurting by this tremendous loss. Taken from love’s embrace much too soon, may Noah’s love for others and selfless heart forge on as we remember and celebrate his life with much love. May his endless love be what we remember most.
Noah Jacob Tudor, age 18 of Walker passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Born in Grand Rapids on March 9, 2003, he was a student at Kenowa Hills High School. Noah was a proud member of the Hawk Hockey Team, Kenowa Hills Hockey and enjoyed time spent with family & friends. He is survived by his mother & stepfather, Nicole (McFarlane) & Marcus Olger; his father & stepmother, Eddie & Jessica Tudor; siblings: Katherine, Kennedy, Elijah, Max, Madilynn, Bella & his foster brother, Ty; grandparents: Jennifer Taylor, Paul & Theresa McFarlane, Mary McFarlane & Geaneen Olger; aunts & uncles: Jason & Korrie McFarlane, Angie & Chris Shipaila, Rebecca & Jon Conner, Michael McFarlane, Michele Olger, Matt Olger, Richard Olger-Cuervo, Alisa & Jeff Kobza, Veronica & Brad VanderMolen; cousins: Grant, Emerson, Cameron, Jacob, Nolan, Bryn, Teigan, Kayden, Grayson, Ethan, Alaina, Haleigh & Rhylan; uncle Mike and extended family & friends. Friends may visit with Noah’s family Monday, January 10, 2022, 6-9 PM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home-Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids 49504 and for one hour prior to the service at church. A service to celebrate Noah’s life will be held Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 11:00 AM at Westview Christian Reformed Church, 2929 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Following the service, Noah's family wishes to invite you to St. Adalbert's Aid Society - Fifth Street Hall, 701 Fifth Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 for a time of reception & sharing. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hawk Hockey for the Noah Tudor Scholarship FundVenmo:@HAWKHOCKEY or mail to: The Noah Tudor Hawk Hockey Scholarship Fund, 4151 Remembrance Road, Walker, MI 49534. To share a favorite memory of Noah or to sign his online guest book, please visit www.heritagelifestory.com.