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Dave Sparks talked with many groups of people at his goodbye party.

PHOTO GALLERY: Goodbye party for Dave Sparks

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Dave Sparks talked with many groups of people at his goodbye party.

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Marvin and Mimi Sweet

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Marvin and Mimi Sweet

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Hank Striefler poses with Bev and Bob Dreyfus

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Hank Striefler poses with Bev and Bob Dreyfus

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Gianna Sparks, 9, with Max Spitzer

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Gianna Sparks, 9, with Max Spitzer

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Dave Sparks gets a hug from Glad Elias at his goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Dave Sparks gets a hug from Glad Elias at his goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

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Kathy Powers and Beth Wiele

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Kathy Powers and Beth Wiele

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Hundreds of tennis center members came out to Dave Sparks’ goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Hundreds of tennis center members came out to Dave Sparks’ goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

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John Mrachek poses with Karen and Brian Warrack

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

John Mrachek poses with Karen and Brian Warrack

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The staff of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center pose together during Dave Sparks’ goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

The staff of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center pose together during Dave Sparks’ goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

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Janine Irizarry, Sandra Ceshker and Susan and Irwin Singer pose together at Dave Sparks’ goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Janine Irizarry, Sandra Ceshker and Susan and Irwin Singer pose together at Dave Sparks’ goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

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Diane and Andy Gladsden had some fun on the dance floor.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Diane and Andy Gladsden had some fun on the dance floor.

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Linda Gillott, Lynn Rosen and Cheryl Viera

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Linda Gillott, Lynn Rosen and Cheryl Viera

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Many people brought cards and gifts for Dave Sparks at his goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Many people brought cards and gifts for Dave Sparks at his goodbye party, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Gulf Drive Café.

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Dave and Rosemarie Carter

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Dave and Rosemarie Carter

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Willie Buchholz, Brian and Alison McNeary and Paula and Larry Jacobson

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Willie Buchholz, Brian and Alison McNeary and Paula and Larry Jacobson

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Scott Blum and Howie Banfield entertained the guests with their music.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Scott Blum and Howie Banfield entertained the guests with their music.

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Kay Thayer, Fanny Younger and Susan Landau

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 |

Kay Thayer, Fanny Younger and Susan Landau

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