The late Patrick Swayze left behind a touching love letter to his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi, in his upcoming memoir, The Time of My Life. The actor passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday. He was 57.
Once voted PEOPLE Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” Patrick Swayze could have had his pick of girls — but there was only one that he ever wanted. From the moment Swayze, then 19, saw Lisa Niemi, 16, in his mother’s dance class, he knew she was the one for him.
“All these girls were studying with my mum and I used to go and check them out in their leotards – it was like being in a candy store,” he recalled later. “She didn’t buy any of my nonsense. We spent half our dates in total silence as she wouldn’t talk to me if she thought I was putting on an act.”
In 1975, the sweethearts tied the knot in the backyard of Lisa’s Houston home.
“I know that because of you, I’ve found my spirit. I saw the man I wanted to be. You are my woman, my lover, my mate and my lady. I loved you forever, I love you now and I will love you forever more.”
Patrick was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in January 2008 and underwent chemotherapy, all the while continuing a grueling work schedule, playing FBI agent Charles Barker in the A&E drama The Beast.
Patrick & Lisa’s book, The Time Of My Life, is due out Sept. 29 from Simon & Schuster.