A veteran building custodian, William Timperley has spent more than three decades supervising facilities in the Boston area. In addition to his work in the custodial field, he previously maintained a side business as an antiques and collectible dealer. Collectibles William Timperley dealt with include Hummel figurines, the iconic pieces first manufactured by the legendary Goebel porcelain manufacturer. Based on the artwork of Berta Hummel, Hummel figurines have become a hot commodity in the collectible world. Those aspiring to collect these porcelain figurines should follow a few basic tips before getting started: - A price guide is a must for every aspiring Hummel collector. The guide features photos, history, and the value of each piece. - Consider the condition. The most valuable figurines should be in at least near-mint condition. Hummel figurines have a clear coat finishing. Collectors should ensure there is no web-like appearance or crazing on the glaze. - Verify the signature. Almost all Hummel figurines are identified by an incised Hummel signature somewhere on the piece. Very small figurines and prototypes may be exceptions.
In addition to his work at Varian Vacuum, William Timperley’s custodial experience includes cleaning packaging parts in a clean line. Committed to serving his community, William Timperley volunteers his time and skills to help persons with various mental and physical challenges and at such facilities as Woburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a provider of health care services, including post-acute Alzheimer’s programs. Individuals who want to assist patients with Alzheimer’s disease have a variety of options. The Alzheimer’s Association serves as a useful resource for people with a few hours or more to spare. Its initiatives include organizing walks in communities across the nation to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and support. Volunteers can participate by walking or helping with event planning and promotion. Local Alzheimer’s Association chapters have information about diverse volunteer opportunities. Local offices need help throughout the year with galas and other fundraising events, education and awareness campaigns, and advocacy activities. Additional volunteer choices include working as an advocate at local, state, and federal levels and speaking to the public about personal experiences with the disease.