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Zafer Julian Estill

1996 - 2016


Tami Schwerin and Lyle Estill, of Moncure, have lost their son, Zafer, affectionately known to many as simply "Z".

Zafer was a traveler, an explorer, and an avid tennis player who loved to skateboard, hike, kayak, and follow his favorite sports teams. He loved water sports of every description, from water skiing to raft building to surfing—and everything water based in between. Z was a dedicated skier, who loved back-country runs. When not shredding powder, he studied business at University of Colorado at Boulder. He loved fashion, and fine things, and worked a wide number of jobs, from archaeological surveying to carpentry to sustain his high-flying lifestyle. He was active in business, selling his own brand of hemp t-shirts, and firewood, and investing in the stock market. Zafer was a graduate of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, where he wrestled, ran cross-country, and led the tennis team.

Zafer died peacefully in his home in Boulder, Colorado on Thursday, April 14th from heroin, four months before his twentieth birthday.

He is survived by his younger brother Arlo, and sisters Kaitlin and Jessalyn and brother-in-law Dan Kiesa. As siblings the four are extremely close, sharing many laughs and wild adventures together.

Zafer was the grandson of Anne and Ed Schwerin, of Raleigh, NC, and Ann and Don Estill of Guelph, Ontario. He was the nephew of Michael Schwerin, Jim, Glen and Mark Estill.

The family is devastated by Zafer's sudden and unexpected death.

The memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, April 23rd at the Plant, 220 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro with a reception. Following the service everyone is invited to follow in the funeral procession to the graveside ceremony located at 4435 Moncure Pittsboro Rd. Zafer will be buried in the woods of Chatham County that he so loved.

Z was not a big fan of flowers, but he was actively engaged in Abundance, NC, which has established a fund in his name.

Those interested in attending the service are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Zafer would appreciate anyone who would bring "their best shoe game".

Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Estill family. You may sign the online register book at

Published in The News & Observer from Apr. 17 to Apr. 24, 2016
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