Robert David Roberts remained active and independent in old age. He used regularly to drive himself between Corwen, Llangollen and Ruthin in his gig. In 1904 he suffered a stroke whilst driving home and the event was reported in the newspaper. He did recover from his stroke and survived until March 1907, although his son took over his driving duties.
A Llangollen correspondent was yesterday informed that Mr R D Roberts, of Bron-y-Graig, Corwen, the High Sheriff of Denbighshire, was progressing slowly towards recovery, but his removal home from the White Horse Hotel, Llanfair, near Ruthin, was impossible for at least a week owing to the shattered condition of his nerves. The High Sheriff was driving home from Ruthin in the evening when he was suddenly struck with paralysis in his left side, and a clot of blood formed on his brain, rendering him semi-conscious, and almost bereft of his speech.
He lay in the gig for a considerable time, but the horse was stopped by his collie dog, which remained on guard until some ladies arrived, finding Mr Roberts in his lamentable plight. He was removed to Llanfair, where Dr Byford is in constant attendance.