Conservative peer Brian Mawhinney died at the age of 79.
The former Conservative party president, born in Belfast, joined the House of Lords in 2005 after being removed from office as North West MP's Cambridgeshire.
In 2003, he was named President of the Football League, a role he has held for seven years.
In a statement, her family said that "her husband, father and grandfather, as well as her friends, were dead on Saturday after a long illness.
"His death puts an end to a life dedicated to public service and rooted in an unshakeable Christian faith," the statement said.
He was elected to the Commons for the first time in 1979 as a Member of Parliament for Peterborough, becoming North West Cambridgeshire MP for the creation of that riding in 1997. He was knighted the same year.
He had a career in the House of Commons lasting more than 25 years and served as Secretary of Transportation under John Major. He also served as a minister in the Northern Ireland Office for four years until 1990.
During his term as President of the Football League, Lord Mawhinney presented the qualifying and qualifying test for future club directors and was appointed a life member of his successor, EFL.
Rick Parry, president of the EFL, said: "All those associated with the EFL are saddened to learn the loss of Lord Mawhinney, a highly respected and influential personality of our recent past, especially for his work as president of the Football League, but also for the important impact that he has had on the wider game ".
Former Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson paid tribute to Lord Mawhinney, calling him "a devoted man of faith, a diligent public official, a dynamic city advocate and a generous mentor and supporter." .
Shailesh Vara, who succeeded Lord Mawhinney as North West Cambridgeshire MP, tweeted, "I am really sorry to hear of the tragic death of Lord Mawhinney, he was firm in his Christian faith and totally committed to public service, he will be missed by many, thoughts and prayers with his family and friends in these difficult times. "