ISDEV members recall him as a hardworking and committed student, rarely missing any of ISDEV Graduate academic meetings either in Penang or Medan. He has a very supportive wife who never missed to accompany him whenever he came to ISDEV. Annually when ISDEV-UMSU Islamic Development Workshop (WAPI) were held in Medan, both Datuk Khairil and his wife treated ISDEV delegations generously with dinner at their residence. Both also take a good care of the former's old father at their home. Datuk Khairil too has a high knowledge of Islam, and used to deliver it to ISDEV delegations through his tazkirah after maghrib and fajr prayers.
His demise is a lost to ISDEV indeed. He has completed the first draft of his PhD thesis (except the Conclusion chapter) and expected to complete his study in a very near future. But Allah SWT loves him more. May Allah SWT showers him with rahmah and mercy and place him together with those who Allah SWT loves.
ISDEV members at USM performed solatul-ghaib for the late Datuk Khairil Anwar. So are those abroad, such as Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr Zakaria Bahari and Dr Zahri Hamat who are in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei at the moment, and Dr Warjio in Perth, Australia.