Robert Capestrain Celebrates 50 years as a Toastmaster!

Fifty years ago, Robert A. Capestrain joined Toastmasters on March 1, 1964. Since joining, he has given more than 700 evaluated speeches and credits Toastmasters for his success as a business owner, city councilman and county commissioner.

He founded Capestrain Jewelers in downtown Canton in 1956 and was fully active in his business for 50 years. Bob is a member and past president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He also served in elective office for 23 years as Canton City Councilman and as Stark County Commissioner. Bob says, “I credit Toastmaster training and leadership as a key reason for my business and political success.”

Watch the video below to hear Bob in his own words:


Bob started his watchmaker training as an apprentice at the age of 10 under the supervision of former Dueber Hampden watch company employees. He pursued the study and restoration of antique timepieces and was a collector and speaker on the history of the Canton Dueber Hampden watch factory. In 2003 he restored the 100-year-old Stark County Courthouse tower clock which has four dials facing North, East, South and West. In 2006 he began semi-retirement and still works part-time in the family business as jeweler, gemologist and watch repairman.

Bob has been a member of Toastmasters Club 637 for 50 years. It was known as The American Legion Post 44 Toastmasters Club 637 which is now rebranded as Toastmasters Canton Public Speaking Club # 637. He has held all the club offices multiple times. He and his wife Cynthia have six children and live in Canton, Ohio.

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