Andrew Charles Estal

April 16, 1970 - April 27, 2021
Andrew Charles Estal

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Andrew Charles Estal, 51, of Wilmington, NC died Tuesday evening April 27, 2021 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCare.

Andy was born in Morristown, NJ to the late John Wayne Estal, and is survived by his mother Holly Hansen Estal of Wilmington, NC. He was a chemical engineer and a renowned food scientist.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving husband Jeff Phillips, sister Sally Volstad and her husband Daryll, nieces Kyra and Katy Volstad, in-laws Max and Dianne Phillips, and sister-in-law Christy Phillips. He is also surrounded by his chosen family of Maggie and Scott Warner, Tracey and Frank Bruno, Jeff and Kathy Britt, as well as the lights of his eyes Mary Frances, Helen, Sam, and Andrew (Snug) Warner.

Andy’s celebration of life will be held on the grounds of the Church of the Servant in Wilmington, NC on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The celebration of life will begin at 10:00 am and face masks will be required.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Blue Ribbon Run for Colorectal Cancer Research at PO Box 4611, Wilmington, NC 28403. Donations can also be made at All contributions will go directly to the UNC Lineberger Cancer Research Center and will be given in Andy’s name.

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  • April 30, 2021
    John Blevins says:
    I am so sad to hear of Andy’s death. I didn’t know Andy that well but what I knew of him made him someone important to me- he made his husband happy and added immensely to Jeff’s life even as Jeff added to Andy’s. Because Jeff is a long time college friend, Andy became a friend as well. On the occasions I met Andy and got to know him over time, I was struck by his passion for friends and good meals and travel and airplanes and days on the water and political debates- struck, in short, by his passion for life. I also learned that Andy had little time or patience for foolishness, bigotry, or idiocy. Both ways of living are vehicles for Grace in this world. Godspeed to you Andy as you enter a blessed rest. And Jeff, may you be surrounded with love in the midst of this deep, deep loss.

  • June 18, 2021
    Jessica Lamana says:
    I am so sorry to hear the passing of Andy. He was such a kind person. I had met him through my work in Food Science. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends

  • May 15, 2021
    Rick & Christine Bushell lit a candle:
    Lit since May 15, 2021 at 5:46:55 PM

  • May 15, 2021
    Jamie M says:
    Andy always wore his smile true, no matter what he was fighting through. He was a deeply caring person who went out of his way to be there for others. He helped me immensely and I have learned so much from Andy. He was the best boss I ever had, and he was also a great friend. His spirit lives on within all of those he has inspired and touched in his beautiful life.

  • May 12, 2021
    Christine Minor says:
    Exceptional man who did exceptional things ~ taken way too soon. Deepest condolences to Jeff, family & friends.