Michael Anthony Jardina, 70, of Chesapeake, Virginia, died late on June 4, 2023, at home, due to complications from cancer. Born June 6, 1952, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, son of the late James and Lucy (Taormina) Jardina. He is preceded in death by his sister Joyce Young (Buddy). He is survived by sisters, Dorothy Hudson (Jerry) and Jean Lynch (Joseph), brothers James Jardina, Jr. (Sandy) and Joseph Jardina (Joann), and his wife Robin (Gazzanigo). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his beloved daughter, Ashley Jardina; son-in-law, Trey Boone; and granddaughter, Ellary Boone Jardina.
Mike was a very successful businessman. He started his career in the auto industry as a finance and insurance manager in the mid-1970s and worked his way up, becoming the Director of Finance Operations for The Pearson Companies of Richmond, Virginia by the late 1980s. In 1997 Mike founded his own company, MAJ Consulting, Inc., helping hundreds of motor vehicle dealers provide innovative products to maximize customer satisfaction and create loyal customers. His dealers relied on his expertise on reinsurance and dealership operations, and through the decades they became great and trusted friends. Mike was the original “pay it forward” entrepreneur, helping countless individuals carve their niches by starting businesses related to the auto industry and beyond. His truthful messages and sharp business acumen made him legendary to his associates, and he will be remembered as a tough but generous and kind business partner.
Behind his savvy business persona, Mike was an adoring father and grandfather. He loved to explain that his clients could temper a tough day by asking, “How’s Ashley?” “Nono” cherished the time he spent with his granddaughter, Ellary, and he got much joy from watching his granddogs play in his pool. He had a great fondness for animals. He was quick to help a lost pet and was deeply attached and dedicated to the many cats and dogs he adopted over the years, especially his dogs Solo and Twiggy. Mike was also a talented chef and baker, ready to dazzle guests with his Italian baked chicken, she-crab soup, and orange cake. A private memorial celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial gifts to the Virginia Beach Hope for Life Animal Rescue.