Former Naperville mayor George Pradel dies

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Former Naperville mayor George Pradel has died. He was 80 years old.

The Pradel family shared the news Tuesday on a website created for his health updates:

At approximately 9:30 a.m., our dad passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his three children, just as he wanted.
Arrangements are pending; they will be posted here.
Thank you, again, for your love and support! We love you all.

Pradel served 20 years as Naperville’s mayor. He was admitted to the hospital several weeks ago when doctors found a cancerous tumor. The cancer quickly spread to his whole body.

Pradel was admitted to hospice last week.

The family set up an online guest book that people can sign here.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a statement Tuesday afternoon:

I used to kid George and tell him he was my favorite Republican. He was my personal guest at a State of the Union Address by George W. Bush. The reason for George’s popularity: he brought out the best in all of us. He loved Naperville and he loved life. He was more than “Officer Friendly.” He was a friend to everyone he met. I was glad to be in those ranks.

The Naperville Police Department posted a statement honoring Pradel.