Robert "Mike" Hardiman age 79 passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, WI after a long battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon (Johnson) Hardiman, mother Frances (Anderson) Hardiman and father Sylvester Hardiman.
Mike was born February 27, 1938 in Watertown, NY and later moved to La Crosse, WI where he grew up and eventually met his wife Sharon. They married in Milwaukee on January 28th, 1961 and soon moved to Madison where Mike worked as a draftsperson for Marshall Erdman and Associates. He spent many years at Marshall Erdman and on to Daniels Construction where he was a Project Manager. Mike ended his career with the Raymond Group as a Project manager. He also spent many years working part-time at Redwood and Ross because he enjoyed working with people and had a penchant for fine clothing.
Mike enjoyed living life to its fullest. He loved people. He enjoyed both playing and watching sports. He loved his Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. He was passionate about music, particularly jazz and blues and attended the Chicago Blues festival on a regular basis. He shared his love of music with his two daughters and took them to concerts as often as he could while they were growing up. He enjoyed politics and was an avid reader of history and personal memoirs of people he admired. He also loved to travel.
Mike also had a special place in his heart for those that were less fortunate. He and his wife Sharon sponsored a child in Africa for many years and other charities that helped those in need. He admired people that made a difference in the lives of others and carried out that attitude in his own life.
Mike is survived by his two daughters Renee Heine and Leslie Hardiman; his three grandchildren Clark (Kristy) Heine, Sara Heine and Cooper Heine; great grandson Noah Heine; Sister Audrey Johnson and Brother Paul Hardiman; special friend Pat Hall and great grand dog Sherman.
The family would like to thank Agrace Hospice for the compassionate care and comfort they provided for Mike in his last days.
Services will be held at Agrace and determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that donations be made to Agrace Hospice in memory of Mike.