Charlton, who is Leeds United’s all-time leading appearance maker and enjoyed great managerial success in charge of the Republic of Ireland, passed away peacefully at his home in Northumberland on Friday, his family said.
In their statement they added: “We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.
“His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.”
Charlton played in every game of England’s victorious 1966 World Cup campaign, partnering Bobby Moore in the centre of defence.
England’s official Twitter account wrote: “We are devastated by the news that Jack Charlton, a member of our World Cup-winning team of 1966, has passed away.
“Our deepest sympathies are with Jack’s family, friends and former clubs.”
Former England striker Gary Lineker added: “Saddened to hear that Jack Charlton has passed away. World Cup winner with England, manager of probably the best ever Ireland side and a wonderfully infectious personality to boot. RIP Jack.”
Charlton spent his entire 21-year club career with Leeds, making 773 appearances. The club’s statement said: “Charlton’s contribution to the game and Leeds United will never be forgotten.
“He will remain in football folklore forever and his records at Leeds United are unlikely ever to be surpassed.”
His granddaughter, journalist Emma Wilkinson, tweeted: “Beyond sad to have to say goodbye to my beloved Grandad, Jack Charlton. He enriched so many lives through football, friendship and family. He was a kind, funny and thoroughly genuine man and our family will miss him enormously.”