I’m going to offer an opinion.
I feel like “in memory of” is assumed, and so isn’t actually necessary.
I think that the cleaner the better.
my preference is:
I like that it’s the essence of who he was to us.
the shopping and the restaurants are great
We have this cool thing I like to call, “Drive to visit friends in another town after work, and still get home in time to sleep in our own bed”
it’s pretty neat.